1999 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 1999

Convergence and Regulation

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The second edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform focuses on the regulation of multimedia services. The report examines eight themes Institutional Framework, Ownership, Liberalization, Licensing, Universal access, Interconnection, Price regulation and Numbering. Each chapter addresses overall reforms on that subject and looks, in particular, at Internet and other convergence-related issues.



Numbering in a digital world

Names and addresses are markers that guide the movement of information from a source to a destination. Once regarded as an obscure and rather uninteresting technical aspect of a network, numbering and addressing are now important aspects of telecommunications policy. In a networked economy and an information-saturated environment, names and addresses on networks can become public identifiers with important implications for marketing, visibility, and ease of use.


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