Trends in Telecomunication Reform 2004/05





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ITU/BDT is pleased to present the sixth edition of the International Telecommunication Union’s Trends in Telecommunication Reform, which is part of our ongoing, global dialogue with policy-makers an  regulators of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This year’s edition of Trends focuses on licensing in an era of convergence. The ICT sector is undergoing a radical transformation from an industry based on “plain old telecommunication service” (POTS) to one that provides voice, data and multimedia applications, on both wireline and wireless networks, accessible from a full range of end-user devices. As a result, countries around the world are in the process of updating their licensing and regulatory frameworks to address the increasing reality of convergence. Their goal is to better promote affordable access to the entire range of communication services, from voice to high-speed Internet access. This report spotlights the global trend towards reducing licensing requirements and adopting converged licensing regimes that will enable service providers to offer any and all services using the technology of their choice in a more competitive market environment.