Convergence in Information and Communication Technology: Strategic and Regulatory Considerations

Convergence in Information and Communication Technology: Strategic and Regulatory Considerations

by Rajendra Singh, Siddhartha Raja

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ISBN-13: 9780821381717
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 140
File size: 749 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors xi

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction 1

Convergence Continues to Gain Momentum Worldwide 1

Responding to Convergence 4

Notes 7

2 Thinking Strategically about ICT Convergence 9

Understanding Convergence 9

Convergence Is Reality 10

Opportunities and Challenges of Convergence for the ICT Sector 14

Options for Policy Responses 20

Nothing Endures but Change 30

Notes 31

3 Emerging Regulatory Responses to Multiple Play 33

Supply of and Demand for Multiple-Play Services Are Growing 34

Multiple-Play Challenges in Legacy Regulatory Frameworks 36

What Role Should Regulatory Frameworks Play? 38

Implementing the Regulatory Response 39

Crucial Principles for an Enabling Regulatory Environment 41

Authorizations 49

Spectrum Management 63

Interconnection and Access 72

Universal Service 85

Regulatory Agencies 93

Conclusion 98

Notes 101

References and Other Resources 105

Index 117

Boxes

2.1 Convergence in Developing Countries: A Few Examples 12

2.2 The Impact of an Enabling Environment for Convergence: Wireline Telephony and Job Creation 26

3.1 Examples of Multiple Play in Developing Countries 35

3.2 Consultations Can Build Support for and Strengthen Regulatory Responses 40

3.3 How Competition in Telecommunications Affects Growth and Consumer Costs: Lessons from India and the United States 45

3.4 The Benefits of an Open Licensing Regime: The Case of VoIP 53

3.5 Malaysia's Simplified Licensing Framework 57

3.6 Japan's Move to an IP-Based Environment 80

3.7 The Potential Gap in Next-Generation Networks 91

Figures

3.1 Globally, Mobile Telephones Surpassed Fixed Lines in 2002 64

3.2 Many Cellular Operators Derive a Large Share of Revenues from Wireless Data Services 66

Tables

2.1 Forms of ICT Convergence 11

2.2 Government Responses to Convergence around the World 22

3.1 Some Examples of Regulatory Impediments to Multiple Play 38

3.2 Summary Results of a Survey of Six Countries 42

3.3 Evolving License Types to Authorize Service Providers' Operations 50

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