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2006 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2006

Regulating in the Broadband World

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The 7th edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform examines the regulatory challenges and opportunities of enabling ICT development. The report provides regulators with tools they can use to promote effective and innovative development and use of ICTs in a competitive environment. This report provides an overview of developments in the ICT sector, specifically focusing on broadband, its advent, the technologies, the role of the regulator in broadband development, broadband spectrum management, voice over IP (VoIP) regulation, international efforts to combat spam (including a model law and enforceable code of conduct), and identifies best practices. The report is structured into eight chapters.

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VoIP and regulation

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is often viewed as a “disruptive technology,” meaning that it has the potential to drastically alter the status quo in the global tele com mu nication industry. In fact, all of the current market indications show that IP networks and VoIP services will replace traditional PSTN networks and services. ITU expects that by 2008, at least 50 per cent of international minutes will be carried on IP networks, and many carriers will have all-IP networks. Recent trends are certainly headed in this direction. For example, in the United States, residential VoIP subscriber numbers rose from 150,000 at the end of 2003 to more than 2 million in March 2005. U.S. subscribership is expected to exceed 4.1 million by the end of 2006, generating over USD 1 billion in gross revenues for the year.

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