2016 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2016

Regulatory Incentives to Achieve Digital Opportunities

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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 in an increasingly converged digital environment. Under the overarching theme “Regulatory incentives to achieve digital opportunities”, the 16th edition of Trends explores topical issues regulators need to address to ensure that citizens can benefit from the social and economic opportunities brought about by the digital economy. For digital opportunities to fully materialize, an adaptive, consultative and innovative approach to ICT policy and regulation is more than ever necessary. The thematic chapters, drawing up from discussion papers presented at the 2015 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators, examine investment strategies to foster the deployment of broadband and access to the digital economy, network sharing and co-investment regulation, regulation and the Internet of Things (IoT), interoperability in the digital ecosystem and smart regulation to facilitate m-services and applications uptake and diffusion.



Interoperability in the digital ecosystem

Large parts of the world are now interconnected as never before. People stay in touch with far-away family and friends for little cost. They learn about news instantly, access knowledge remotely, collaborate more efficiently, and conduct every manner of business online. The most complex systems—government agencies, financial institutions, transportation infrastructures, health care and energy systems—are linked by new, ubiquitous information media, which are essential components of today’s global economy. But as interconnected as things currently are, they will grow dramatically more so with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT).


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