2007 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2007

The Road to Next-Generation Networks (NGN)

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The 8th edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform will examine the regulatory challenges and opportunities of Next-Generation Networks (NGN). This report is designed to provide regulators and policy makers with an understanding of the emerging NGN world, with a special focus on developing countries. It will examine NGN technologies and their regulatory implications, fixed mobile convergence (FMC), universal access, interconnection-both domestic and international, consumer protection and an NGN enabling environment.



‎Universal access

In 2003, signatories to the Plan of Action of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set themselves a number of Information Communication Technology (ICT) access and connectivity targets, which included the target of ensuring that more than half the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach by 2015. At the end of 2006, ITU indicators showed that the global telephone penetration rate (fixed and mobile combined) was at 60 per cent. Internet usage penetration, however, was only at around 17 per cent. If all WSIS access and connectivity targets are to be met by 2015, all countries, both developed and developing, will have to focus on reviewing and renewing their policies and regulations on universal access.


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