2008 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2008

Six Degrees of Sharing

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Many developing countries are preparing for a second wave of regulatory reform designed to enable them to harness the promise of new technologies and participate fully in the information society. This report examines a range of innovative sharing strategies regulators can use to speed up the uptake of ICTs and promote widespread, affordable broadband access. This year's Trends focuses on "Six Degrees of Sharing", examining active and passive infrastructure sharing, open access to international capacity, business sharing, end-user sharing and regulatory sharing.



The emergence of functional separation

There has been a tremendous amount of interest around the world recently in functional separation as a regulatory remedy in the telecommunication sector. Functional separation is one of the most drastic and potent regulatory remedies in a regulator’s arsenal. There are enormous implications, not just for the incumbent but also for the regulatory agency in charge of its implementation and enforcement. This chapter explores functional separation, its ramifications, and when, how – or indeed, whether – to implement it.


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