The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services

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The mobile communications field continues to grow rapidly, as more and more 3G/IMT-2000 networks are deployed. The increasingly intimate nature of the mobile phone and its use as a key platform for content delivery raises important regulatory concerns. Convergence between the broadcasting and telecommunication industries is cited as one of the key challenges that both regulators and industry will have to face in the coming years. The research presented in this publication made up the background materials for discussion at the ITU New Initiatives Programme Workshop on "The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services" held in Mainz, Germany, from 21 to 23 June 2006, jointly hosted by ITU and the Federal Network Agency of Germany.



Briefing paper: legacy regulation and evolving wireless markets

The introduction of second generation wireless cellular telecommunications was seen, perhaps naïvely, as being unreservedly pro-competitive. Most countries issued more than one licence and many issued three or four – a few managed five or six – pointing to potentially adequate levels of competition. This was in contrast to the fixed network, which was then predominantly provided directly by the state or by incompletely privatised monopoly operators, perhaps with a decorative fringe of small competitors.


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