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2004 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2004 - 2005

Licensing in an Era of Convergence

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The sixth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform examines the various licensing options in the ICT sector to provide regulators with tools they can use to promote effective competition in a converging environment. The report provides an overview of licensing practices around the world and the rationale for licensing; identifies new trends such as unified licences; provides options; raises transition issues to be considered in moving from one regime to another; evaluates traditional licensing models; addresses scarce resources such as spectrum; and identifies best practices. The report is structured into eight chapters.

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Developments in the ICT sector

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector is undergoing a radical transformation from an industry based on “plain old telecommunication service” (POTS) to one that includes voice, data, Internet access and multimedia applications. Convergence is increasingly becoming a reality. Old copper networks are being upgraded and re-fitted as digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband networks, enabling highspeed Internet access for multimedia applications such as video clips and music downloads. Even the voice traffic carried on these retooled networks is increasingly shifting to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Voice over Broadband (VOB).

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