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Regulatory responses to evolving technologies

Regulatory responses to evolving technologies

Introduction The digitization of societies and economies is continuously generating record amounts of data. Digitization is driven by increased and faster connectivity of people and things. Fibre to the home (FTTx) and fast mobile networks provide the opportunity to engage in digital activities, and social media and user-generated content provide the motivation for it. At the same time, more objects become “smart”, i.e. connected to the Internet to receive and send data. As a result of the explosion of data, new technologies have evolved that help to sift through data and derive value from combining and analysing large data sets.…

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Evolving business models in the ICT sector

Evolving business models in the ICT sector

The increasing digitalization of the way we work and live also impacts the way we communicate. Instead of making traditional voice calls and sending 160 character SMS messages, people can communicate more conveniently, with full video and in groups using Internet applications. Services that were previously provided by mobile network operators (MNOs) now face competition from the public Internet. Voice calls and SMS have to compete with over-the-top (OTT) applications, such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. Cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology may compete with mobile money. The business models of domestic connectivity providers need to adjust to these new…

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The evolving Internet value chain

The evolving Internet value chain

The Internet value chain combines various previously unrelated industries together on one platform, not just within a country but globally. To give just a few examples: Telephony started as voice calls, were enriched with texting, and now may be video calls over the public Internet. Shopping started at farm gates, moved to local markets, and now to online marketplaces. Shows and plays started on stages, moved to television and DVDs, and are now content on demand. Bookkeeping is increasingly automated via mobile apps and online services. Traditionally, TV and movie content had their own delivery channel. Today, the Internet is…

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