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2012 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2012

Smart Regulation for a Broadband World

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The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of the dialogue with the world's information and communications technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators to ensure that all citizens can benefit from new applications, services and businesses opportunities brought by a broadband world.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same: strategies for financing universal broadband access

Chatting, tweeting, blogging and browsing are becoming the norm for the estimated 2.4 billion Internet users globally in 2011.1 However, over five billion people have never experienced the Internet, let alone participated in the impending “broadband revolution” or have only experienced it through public or shared access. The mobile voice story, however, is very different. Mobile voice and SMS, now considered “basic” in many countries are available to 90 percent of the global population, and 85 percent of people living in rural areas. The challenge in this area relates to affordability.

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