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.



Why License?

Licensing is one of the most important instruments regulators can employ in the context of sector reform. A telecommunication licence is an official authorization to provide services or operate networks. It also can be a regulatory code that defines the terms and conditions under which the licensee may operate. Licences frequently describe the rights and obligations of the provider. In short, the licensing process controls both entry into the telecommunication market and, often, the behaviour of the licence-holder once it enters the market.


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