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.



Why NGN, why now?‎

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is on the cusp of a new era: the migration to next-generation networks (NGN). It heralds the shift from a “one network, one service” approach, to the delivery of many services over a single network, based on the Internet Protocol (IP). The move to NGN builds on the expansion of broadband networks worldwide and the rise of Voice over IP (VoIP) and fixed-mobile convergence. NGN represents a massive investment in infrastructure that promises significant benefits. These new networks can be developed using a number of technologies, including wireless and mobile, fibre and cable, or by upgrades to existing copper lines. Some operators are focusing on upgrading their core, or transport, networks to NGN; others are first tackling their access networks which reach the end user. Some market analysts predict that, in developed countries, full fixed-line NGN will be in place by 2012 and mobile by 2020. However, not all countries will move at the same pace, and not all operators within a given country will necessarily move to NGN. This means that legacy PSTN, second-generation mobile and Internet networks will co-exist with NGN for quite some time to come. Still, a number of traditional fixed-line operators have begun to deploy next-generation networks, mainly to offer the triple-play bundled package of IP television (IPTV), voice calls and higher-speed broadband Internet access. In addition, operators increasingly seek to collect advertising revenue from the range of user-generated, social-networking and other content running on their broadband networks. Indeed, the transitions under way are changing the very way we communicate and conduct business in the ICT sector.


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