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2015 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015

Getting Ready for the Digital Economy

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Under the overarching theme "Getting ready for the digital economy", the 15th edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform discusses changing ICT consumer behaviour, consumer empowerment and protection in the digital age. It further explores the opportunities and challenges of big data and what it means from a regulatory perspective; why competition matters. It also attempts to answer whether it is time to rethink spectrum licensing, how to monitor the implementation of broadband plans and what are the new business models driven by digital communications and services. As in previous editions, the publication will feature an in-depth analysis of current market and regulatory trends based on ITU data from one of the world's most comprehensive data platforms, the ICT Eye.

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This fifteenth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform has focused on “Capitalizing on the Potential of the Digital World.” With the rise of digital content and the increasingly global nature of ubiquitous networks, there is little doubt that new technologies, services and applications are having huge impacts on both social and economic development. But with all the benefits the evolving digital world offers, it also brings challenges for policy-makers and regulators, who must seek to balance the rights of all stakeholders. Ensuring that consumers benefit from the wealth of opportunities brought by the digital economy in an informed, responsive and safe manner is a challenge that can only be achieved through effective and smart regulation targeted at empowering consumers, redefining responsibilities and creating the conditions for a data driven economy to flourish. The chapters in this report discuss some of the important issues that will have to be addressed if the full benefits of the emerging digital world are to be realized.

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