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.



Convergence and spectrum licensing

This chapter examines convergence and its relationship with radio spectrum management – in particular the practice of licensing spectrum in a technology-neutral and service-neutral manner. It will examine innovative policies pioneered in several countries and what those policies’ implications might be for developing countries. It is important to explore fully the argument that a spectrum management policy that allows flexibility in the choice of services and technologies is the key to promoting innovative services and expanding access to ICTs in emerging economies.


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