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.




There is no doubt that it has been a trying and difficult year for the worldwide ICT industry, and for the global economy as a whole. Yet, we are presenting this 10th annual edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform, with a sense of hope and confidence that better times lie ahead, perhaps in the near future. Indeed, as the previous issue of Trends noted a year ago – even as the international credit crisis was reaching full swing – the fundamental drivers of growth in the ICT industry remain sound. The demand for wireless voice and data services, and for broadband Internet access services, remains strong and could well turn voracious as positive growth returns to economies around the world. Governments in both developed and developing countries stand ready to promote ICTs for a range of economic and social reasons as well as to help lead the world out of the financial crisis.


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