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2004 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2004 - 2005

Licensing in an Era of Convergence

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The sixth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform examines the various licensing options in the ICT sector to provide regulators with tools they can use to promote effective competition in a converging environment. The report provides an overview of licensing practices around the world and the rationale for licensing; identifies new trends such as unified licences; provides options; raises transition issues to be considered in moving from one regime to another; evaluates traditional licensing models; addresses scarce resources such as spectrum; and identifies best practices. The report is structured into eight chapters.

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Licensing approaches in an era of convergence

Before many countries began to reform their telecommunication sectors in the 1980s and 1990s, most countries had an integrated monopoly network operator. Often government administrations, these monopoly service providers operated under what amounted to a single, exclusive licence. In effect, these “licences” were “converged”, because they allowed the public administrations to offer every known telecommunication service. And as new technologies developed – such as fax and data offerings – the monopoly operator provided these, too, under the same “licence”.

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