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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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‎Connectivity, openness and vulnerability: challenges facing regulators

Huge strides in ICT service penetration have been made over the last decade, with particularly strong gains in mobile voice services. The leading causes are the lower cost of deploying mobile networks and competition in prices and services in the vast majority of countries. But growth has not been confined to mobile services. According to ITU, the number of Internet users worldwide more than tripled between 2000 and 2008. In developing countries, the increase was tenfold. Continued growth is widely anticipated.

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