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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.

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Foreword

We are pleased to present the 9th annual edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform, which forms a key part of our effort to accumulate, explore and amplify the wisdom of policy-makers and regulators in the ICT sector. As in past editions, this volume attempts to take stock of telecommunications and information technology development in emerging and developing economies. It reports upon many of the successful efforts of governments, operators and service providers to expand the reach of broadband services throughout the world. In that sense, it celebrates consistent progress, in many different countries, toward goals of universal access, broadband network deployment and the greater diffusion of applications, services and content made available through these networks. We are proud to reflect that success in this edition of Trends – and even more proud, as an institution, if we have helped our colleagues in any way to achieve it.

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