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2009 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2009

Hands-on or Hands-off? Stimulating Growth through Effective ICT Regulation

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The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of ITU's effort to explore and amplify the wisdom of policy-makers and regulators in the ICT sector. The 10th edition will look at the delicate balance that regulators need to strike in order to operate between the hands-on and the hands-off approach to regulation. This balance is required to meet the expectations of key ICT stakeholders and is critical to stimulating growth in a converged environment. The blurring of boundaries between the once separate telecoms, Internet, broadcasting and media worlds is bringing new players to the arena, driving new opportunities and challenges. At the same time, regulatory authorities more than ever have a key role to play in fostering a safe and healthy ICT sector while meeting social goals, especially in a time of economic and financial uncertainty.

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The future of VOIP interconnection

The Dutch PTT used to have a commercial with the slogan, “If you can count to ten, you can call the world.” This slogan captured how users saw telephony then and today. They enter the digits on their phone and can reach the world. But the telephony provider has to interconnect its network with other networks in order to deliver on the promise that the whole world can be reached.

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