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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.

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Foreword

We are pleased to present the eighth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform, a key part of our dialogue with the world’s information and communication technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators. This 2007 edition, entitled the Road to Next-Generation Networks, focuses on the relentless transformation of the ICT sector from one centred almost exclusively on providing voice services to an industry in which voice is only one of many services provided. Today, IPTV, user-generated and social networking content, advertising and online gaming are among the hottest new services on offer. Tomorrow promises to bring even more innovative revenue-generators. The key to this transformation has been a shift from “circuit-switched” voice-based single service networks to “packet-based”, broadband multi-service networks.

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