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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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A new era in licensing

Licensing was initially used as a vehicle to control market entry and to impose regulatory obligations. But in many countries, it has evolved in recent years to accommodate a new era of liberalization and convergence. Today, licences continue to serve as a medium for the imposition of a wide range of regulatory obligations. At the same time, however, more and more policy-makers are questioning the utility of licensing and demanding that licences be adapted to achieve policy goals without hindering market development and technological advancement. These concerns have been translated into two significant trends

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