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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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‎Extending open access to national fibre backbones in developing countries

Many developing countries have either begun, or are about to begin, deploying a range of technologies that will offer broadband access at a local level. These technologies include, among others, W-CDMA, HSDPA and WiMAX. As a result of continued technological development and increasing deployment, prices for communications services to users in developing countries are decreasing and the numbers of users and amounts of usage are gradually increasing. As demand escalates, one or more operators (and in some cases, national governments) will ultimately see a need to build out national fibre networks. As this is an extremely capital-intensive initiative, there likely will be only one or two operators, at least initially, one of which will cover just the main urban markets of the country involved.

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