The 2013 edition of ITU’s flagship regulatory report ‘Trends in Telecommunication Reform’ highlights the increasingly global nature of information and communication technology (ICT) regulation and the crucial link between effective regulation of the ICT sector and the range, quality and affordability of ICT services available to consumers and business users alike.
Focusing on ‘Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society’, this year’s report reveals an increasingly complex and interlinked legal and regulatory environment in which decisions taken in one market can have a major impact on neighbouring countries and even markets far away.
The report confirms continued rapid expansion of tech markets worldwide. Rapid growth of broadband has seen global IP traffic skyrocket from around one petabyte 20 years ago to an estimated 44,000 petabytes (44 exabytes) at end 2012. As an indicator of the sheer volume this represents, that amount of data would take 1,100 years to download over a 10Mbps broadband link – or more than 200,000 years over a dial-up connection. In 2013 alone, IP traffic is expected to grow by around 14 exabytes per month – the monthly equivalent of twice total cumulative global traffic for the whole decade from 1994 – 2003.
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We are delighted to inform you that Mr Philippe Metzger has recently been appointed as Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration & Operations Coordination Department of the BDT.
Mr Metzger brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ICT field as well as in international relations, from both the private and public sectors, having worked as Senior Legal Officer, Senior Corporate Counsel, Director of Trade Relations, Director Telecom and most recently as the Deputy Director General of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) which is in charge of electronic communications policy and regulation within the Swiss Administration.
It is with pleasure that we introduce our new report on Regulation and consumer protection in a converging environment.
The report describes and analyses the various resources, strategies and tools regulators need to improve the enforcement of national laws, rules and regulations governing consumer protection in a converging environment. The “golden rules for convergence” need to balance the following regulatory objectives:
- Encourage investment in high-speed networks and advanced technological solutions ;
- Protect innovators, creators and consumers from counterfeiting and piracy associated with the online distribution ;
- Promote and safeguard e-commerce ;
- Ensure consumers have all the information they need to make informed choices and have adequate protection and redress mechanism if things go wrong ;
- Create a simpler, clearer regulatory framework and level playing field for distributors of content.
The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC 2014)
Regional Preparatory Meeting for CIS countries (RPM CIS) took place
from 19 to 21 February in Chisinau, Moldova, preceded by the Regional
Development Forum (RDF) for CIS countries on 18 February. Both events
were hosted by the Government of Moldova.
The Summary of discussions of the Regional Development Forum (RDF) and the Chairman’s Report of the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM CIS) are now available online.
Registration is open for the Global Symposium for Regulators, to take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 3 to 5 July 2013. We’d like to thank those who have already registered and encourage others who are interested to register soon. It will be preceded by one day of pre-events on 2nd July 2013.
Under the overarching theme of “4th Generation regulation: driving digital communications ahead“ participants will examine the transformational nature of communications and the evolution to 4th generation ICT regulation in a connected society led by the changing nature of the communications ecosystem, changing market dynamics and traffic patterns, and changing regulatory practices and roles.
Since its launch in 2000, the annual Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) has provided a unique venue for regulators and policy-makers from both developed and developing countries to meet and exchange views and experiences. It has covered a wide range of topics that are subsequently published in our highly popular Trends publication. For a preview of Trends 2013 take a look at some recent ITU News articles:
Data protection and privacy in the cloud: Whose cloud is it anyway?
The cloud’s economic clout
Regulation in the cloud
Funding universal broadband: Public-private partnerships show the way