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ICT Regulation Toolkit  

ICT Regulation Toolkit

The ICT Regulation Toolkit is a web-based tool, organized as a series of lined module to provide regulators, telecom service providers, policy makers, sector experts and the general public with latest on regulatory topics, best practices, and case studies.




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  • Regulation and consumer protection in a converging environment

  • ITU Broadband Atlas in 3D

  • ITU Universe of Broadband Portal

  • Coming soon: ITU Study on Taxing telecommunications/ICT services: an overview
    This paper contains a general, introductory discussion of the effects of imposing special taxes on telecommunications/ICT equipment and services in addition to the general run of taxes, such as VAT, which apply to most or all goods and services.

  • Strategies for the deployment of NGN and NGA in a broadband environment – regulatory and economic aspects
    This report identifies the key issues in NGN and NGA migration as well as the benefits from the change. This indicates that moving to a broadband based economy has wider benefits – far beyond the telecoms industry. The movement to NGN in emerging economies has to face other problems, not seen in the developed economies that have generally been the ones to implement broadband. It provides a number of proposals that can assist with the development of strategies for NGN deployment. Although any such deployment has some risks, these can be countered with the question of: what are the risks to the economy and national competitiveness if there is no NGN investment and peer countries do make the transition.

  • Regulating broadband prices
    The affordability and accessibility of broadband services are largely determined by the prices that are charged for those services. The regulation of prices could thus be a very tempting prospect for policymakers and regulators who want to increase the adoption and use of broadband services at the earliest time. However, price intervention in broadband markets could be a risky proposition and potentially damaging to the long-term development of those markets.

  • Developments of Next Generation Networks (NGN):
    Country Case Studies

    The aim of this document is to present the current situation of NGN development in different regions of the world and to examine what effect the transition towards NGNs is having on regulation.

  • Mobile Termination Rates:  To Regulate or not To Regulate
    Over past few years mobile termination charges — the charges that mobile operators levy on each other and on fixed network operators for terminating calls on their networks — have become a concern in many countries throughout the world.  The main aim of this paper is to analyze the development of MTR regulation in the different regions of the world and to evaluate the necessity and the scope of such regulation.

  • Regulatory Accounting Guide
    This guide focuses on the implementation of cost accounting models and the development of regulatory policies, based on best practices, to help National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) implement a regulatory accounting model. It also provides a methodology to identify markets, Significant Market Power (SMP) operators and the different typologies of anticompetitive behaviour.

  • Efficient Operator:  Methodologies, modeling and application for tariff regulation
    This study sets forth and analyses the methodologies for fixing tariffs used in the modeling of an efficient operator, focusing on the advantages and disadvantages and looking at the results of a number of recent applications in Chile, Venezuela and Colombia.

  • International Mobile Roaming Regulation – An incentive for cooperation
    This paper addresses a variety of issues raised by international mobile roaming charges: how do they differ from charges for non-roaming international mobile calls (i.e. when a mobile subscriber calls an international number from its home country); what is the structure of their costs; is there a need for regulatory intervention and, if so, how could they be regulated; and finally, is cooperation and coordination on international mobile roaming regulation beneficial?

  • Broadband Telecommunications in Latin America
    Available only in Spanish.

  • Regional diagnosis of telecommunication policies, strategies and regulations, and the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    in Latin America

    Application of ICTs in the areas of education, health and disasters in rural areas, isolated regions and in marginalized urban areas. Available only in Spanish.

Work on economics  
  • Investing in telecommunications and ICTs in Developing Markets: Shifting the Paradigm
    The purpose of this report is to contribute to the discussion on how to enhance the proliferation of telecommunications and ICTs, particularly in developing countries, in a way that promotes the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The major focus of this report is to provide insight into how to stimulate direct investment in telecommunications and ICTs in developing countries. Edition 2004.

  • Economic Study for Financing Telecommunication Development
    The ITU is committed to assist its Member States, especially Less Developed Countries (LDC), in creating an atmosphere for investment; and to facilitating the marriage between potential investors and recipients. In particular, the ITU/BDT is tasked with analyzing and fostering these relationships, and this paper is intended to serve both Member States and investors in creating the means for telecommunication development. Edition 2003.

  • Macroeconomic study on financing telecommunication development
    BDT is participating in efforts aimed at narrowing the digital divide. To that end, one of the specific solutions being considered is to have key projects financed by the private sector which has greater resources at its disposal than do the governments of developing countries.  Edition 2002.


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