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ITU Background Paper: Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made

ITU Background Paper: Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made

The increasing use of wireless technologies, and the opportunities for social development that these technologies provide, highlight the importance of radio-frequency spectrum and national spectrum management processes. Increased demand requires that spectrum be used efficiently and that effective spectrum management processes and (computerized) systems be implemented to facilitate the deployment of radio systems and ensure minimum interference. Spectrum use must be coordinated and regulated through both national regulations and the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). National spectrum management consists of the structures, procedures, and regulations whereby an administration controls the use of the radio spectrum within its…

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Maximising availability of international connectivity in the Pacific

Maximising availability of international connectivity in the Pacific

Background The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) identified that the internation- al connectivity of small island developing states (SIDS) remains key to their economic development and creation of their own information society.1 WCIT-12 instructed that further study be undertaken of the special situation of telecommunication/ICT services in SIDS, with particular consideration being given to the importance of access to international optical fibre networks at reasonable cost. It also undertook to assist SIDS with planning and guidance to promote regional and multilateral projects that will provide them with greater access to international optical fibre networks. The World Telecommunication Development Conference…

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Regulatory challenges and opportunities in the new ICT ecosystem

Regulatory challenges and opportunities in the new ICT ecosystem

The new ICT ecosystem has unleashed a virtuous cycle, transforming multiple economic and social activities on its way, opening up new channels of innovation, productivity and communication. The rise of the app economy and the ubiquity of smart mobile devices create great opportuni- ties for users and for companies that can leverage global scale solutions and systems. Technology design deployed by online service providers in particular often reduces transaction costs while allowing for increasing econo- mies of scale. The outlook for both network operators and online service providers is bright as they benefit from the virtuous cycle as the ICT…

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Setting the Scene for 5G: Opportunities & Challenges

Setting the Scene for 5G: Opportunities & Challenges

I am pleased to present this report on Setting the Scene for 5G: Opportunities & Challenges, prepared in collaboration with the ITU s Standardization and Radiocommunication Bureaux. The report sets out the landscape for ICT policy-makers, national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and operators as 5G technologies move ever closer. 5G has the potential to be transformative for citizens, businesses, governments and economies. Investment is key but there are many factors to take into account before investments can be committed. This report helps navigate through the issues related to 5G and provides a measured, practical ap- proach to policy-makers looking to make…

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Digital identity in the ICT ecosystem: An overview

Digital identity in the ICT ecosystem: An overview

With digital transformation sweeping across sectors and the advent of new electronic identification (eID) technologies, there is a growing trend towards digital identity. In our increasingly digital envi- ronment, it is of paramount importance that citizens be in possession of a legal and digital identity if they are to access digital government services and participate fully in the digital economy. In 2018, of the 175 countries with a national ID (foundational or legal identification) system in place, 160 have a system that is at least partially e-ID. However, even in these countries a significant portion of the population still do…

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Estudio de caso: El ecosistema digital y la masificación de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC) en Nicaragua

Estudio de caso: El ecosistema digital y la masificación de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC) en Nicaragua

El presente trabajo corresponde al Estudio de Caso: El ecosistema digital y la masificación de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC) en Nicaragua. El objetivo principal de este Estudio es realizar un análisis basado en el desarrollo del ecosistema digital en el país, considerando el entorno regulatorio, la estructura institucional, así como el estatus de desarrollo e implementación de las políticas de telecomunicaciones y los planes de masificación de las TIC en el mismo. El Estudio también tiene por objetivo analizar la experiencia del país y su entorno tecnológico y el uso y aplicabilidad de las TIC…

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A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

I am delighted to have in my hand a book that asks how we can turn proximity from a burden to an advantage. A Glass Half Full: Th e Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia advocates an approach of open regionalism, using intraregional trade as com- plementary to, and as a stepping stone for, deeper global integration. Th is book, written by Sanjay Kathuria and a team of South Asian researchers, stands out for its eff ort to bring together in a single tome theoretical knowledge and ground realities of trade in South Asia. Th is is a much-needed…

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The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation

The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation

The transformative power for economic and social growth of connectivity is empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures innovation, and is triggering positive change in business pro- cesses and in the global economy. In our first study on this topic, The impact of broadband on the economy , launched in 2012, ITU provided initial evidence on the positive economic and social impact of broadband, under lining the importance of data gathering to refine impact measurement. It also explored the policies that have proven to be most successful in stimulating investment in broadband as well as promoting the adop- tion of…

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The APP economy in Africa: economic benefits and regulatory directions

The APP economy in Africa: economic benefits and regulatory directions

It is my pleasure to present this ITU report on the app economy in Africa: Economic benefits and regulatory directions prepared by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Technological change is one of the most powerful drivers of national economic development. It represents the crystallisation of new knowledge as it is employed to improve the utilisation of all re- sources and to improve human welfare. Governments and Telecommunication/ICT National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) are playing an important role in this new phase of twenty-first century develop- ment of information and communications technology. This report identifies the analytical basis for the various types…

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Powering the digital economy: Regulatory approaches to securing consumer privacy, trust and security

Powering the digital economy: Regulatory approaches to securing consumer privacy, trust and security

I am pleased to present this report on Powering the Digital Economy: Regulatory Approaches to Securing Consumer Privacy, Trust and Security prepared by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The networked digital environment offers extraordinary and unprecedented potential for social and economic growth. It offers boundless opportunities for governments to create efficiencies and improve the lives of their citizens. And it offers businesses, large and small, new and better ways to connect with their users and consumers around the world. In this new era of the digital economy, data has become one of the world…

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