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2013 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2013

Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society

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The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of the dialogue with the world’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators to ensure that all citizens can safely benefit from innovations taking place in the market leading to new applications, services and businesses opportunities brought by a converged digital environment. The 13th edition will examine transnational aspects of regulation in a networked society and provide a sound understanding of the digital ecosystem in place and the role of regulation. To fully participate in today’s networked society and be part of tomorrow’s hyper-connected digital world, policy-makers and regulators need to adopt and implement appropriate policies and means to further safe digital opportunities and inclusion of all. Implementing their digital strategies requires them to cooperate on national, regional and global scales to understand the changes taking place in the market, and adopt innovative regulatory measures and tools.

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Blurring boundaries: global and regional IP interconnection

The growth of the Internet since it was made commercially available in the early 1990s has been perhaps the most influential economic and social event of our time. The volume of IP traffic exchanged in 2010 was 1,200,000 times greater than in 1994.1 This growth has been intensive: 20 households with average levels of Internet usage today generate more traffic than the entire Internet carried in 1994. Growth is also extensive, as broadband take-up has increased and the geographic reach of the Internet has expanded around the world. The Internet has created unprecedented opportunities for development, while at the same time challenging firms and governments by disrupting older business models and policy frameworks. Despite this rapid growth, however, Internet penetration still varies widely around the world, with much lower rates in developing countries (typically 10 times lower than mobile penetration rates).

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