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.



Ownership trends

In most countries, telecommunications operators, up until recently, were state-owned and state-operated. From the beginning of the 1980s, however, countries began to sell at least part of their incumbent operators to private, and sometimes foreign, investors or corporations. These developments have had the result of increasing local and foreign private participation in the telecommunications sector in many countries.


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