“Trends in Telecommunication Reform” now published

ImageThe 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.

See press release.


Recently published – Regulation and consumer protection in a converging environment

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.

Sign up for GSR-13, Warsaw, Poland, 3-5 July 2013


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

Discovering BDT Publications – Trends in Telecommunication Reform

D-REG-TTR_13-2012-JPG-EBDT’s Regulatory and Market Environment Team is pleased to introduce the twelfth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform. The Trends Report is an integral component of the ongoing dialogue between the BDT and the world’s ICT regulators.

As in past years, the theme of the 2012 Trends Report – “Smart Regulation for a Broadband World” – found its genesis in the Global Symposium for Regulators of the previous year, which took place in September 2011 in Armenia City, Colombia.

The 2012 Trends Report contains ten chapters that explore a wealth of legal and regulatory issues that are emerging as broadband becomes ubiquitous and as the digital economy grows.

  • Chapter 1 sets the foundation for the discussion about regulation for a broadband world by outlining key trends in the ICT market and in ICT regulation.
  • Chapter 2 discusses the issues surrounding the development of national broadband strategies, policies, and plans; it includes the presentation of a decision tree designed to assist policymakers and regulators in making key regulatory and policy choices as they formulate national broadband plans.
  • Chapter 3 examines open access regulation in the digital economy. It considers what forms of regulation may be appropriate at various levels of the ICT value chain. It also discusses how the nature of broadband networks may require changes to existing approaches to open access.
  • Chapter 4 considers strategies and models for funding universal broadband access. Special attention is given to universal access funds.
  • Chapter 5 examines broadband-enabled innovation and outlines policy approaches that can promote such innovation.
  • Chapter 6 focuses on social media. It provides a backgrounder on social media and considers how the regulatory community can use social media in discharging its duties. It also assesses the policy issues raised by social media in light of the fact that ICT regulators may be asked to establish a policy framework for the use of social media generally in society.
  • Chapter 7 examines intellectual property rights (IPR) in the digital economy and the role of ICT regulators and policy-makers in protecting these rights.
  • Chapter 8 considers the regulatory landscape for mobile banking (m-banking). In addition to assessing the two main m-banking models, this chapter surveys the regulatory issues that arise from the provision of m-banking services.
  • Chapter 9 addresses the problem of electronic waste (e-waste). It surveys the issues surrounding e-waste and proposes policy approaches that ICT regulators can adopt to address e-waste.
  • Chapter 10 provides the conclusions to the Report.

A Summary of the report is available for free download, and the full Trends in Telecommunication Report can be ordered online.

Connect Americas Preparatory Meeting, 20th April 2012, Mexico City

Mexico will host a preparatory meeting to Connect Americas on 20th April, at the Hotel Intercontinental President, Mexico City. This event will give the opportunity to all stakeholders to discuss and agree upon the Summit main themes and priorities. Read more…

Towards a crime-free cyber-space in Central Africa

ITU-EC Project – Harmonized ICT Policies in the ACP countries

Yaoundé, 6 December 2011

About a hundred telecommunications experts, legal specialists, parliamentarians, members of security forces and other stakeholders in the cyber-security sector in Central Africa have recommended that member states of ECCAS and CEMAC continue to formulate and implement national policies and strategies for a transition to a sustainable and inclusive knowledge society by creating safe and trustworthy environment for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and to make proposals on the African Union’s draft Convention on the implementation of a legal framework to build confidence in e-transactions on the continent.

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