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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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Foreword

We are pleased to present the sixth edition of the International Telecommunication Union’s Trends in Telecommunication Reform, which is part of our ongoing, global dialogue with policy-makers and regulators of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This year’s edition of Trends focuses on licensing in an era of convergence. The ICT sector is undergoing a radical transformation from an industry based on “plain old telecommunication service” (POTS) to one that provides voice, data, and multimedia applications, on both wireline and wireless networks, accessible from a full range of end-user devices. As a result, countries around the world are in the process of updating their licensing and regulatory frameworks to address the increasing reality of convergence. Their goal is to better promote affordable access to the entire range of communication services from voice to high-speed Internet access. This report spotlights the global trend towards reducing licensing requirements and adopting converged licensing regimes that will enable service providers to offer any and all services using the technology of their choice in a more competitive market environment.

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