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Foreword

Data Notes

    1. The new telecommunication world
    1.1 Gloom but no doom
    1.2 Private, competitive, mobile and global
    1.3 Market movers

    2. We found the missing link: it’s mobile communications
    2.1 Reaching new summits
    2.2 The mobile revolution in the LDCs
    2.3 Mobile phones as a part of everyday life in Finland

    3. The new missing link: the digital divide
    3.1 What is it?
    3.2 The bandwidth crunch
    3.3 All talk and no action?

    4. Telecom reform: What worked, and what did not?
    4.1 One direction, many routes
    4.2 Private sector participation
    4.3 Competition
    4.4 Independent regulation
    4.5 Policy evaluation

    5. Reinventing telecoms
    5.1 The telecoms roller-coaster ride
    5.2 The new economics of telecommunications
    5.3 Future trends

Glossary, Acronyms and Abbreviations 

World Telecommunication Indicators

Figures

1.1 Why all the gloom?
1.2 The privatization landscape
1.3 Competition status
1.4 Mobile cellular subscribers
1.5 The Internet
1.6 PTOs and the Internet
1.7 Beginnings of the mobile Internet
2.1 Higher and higher
2.2 Uganda’s mobile revolution
2.3 Brightening the landscape
2.4 Network compression
2.5 Mobile Finland
2.6 Substituting fixed lines for mobile
3.1 Is the divide economic?
3.2 Bandwidth divide
3.3 Broadband deployment
3.4 Broadband can be cheaper
4.1 The privatization bandwagon
4.2 A private affair
4.3 BTOs: Good for the first five years, not so good after that
4.4 New forms of competition
4.5 Competition does reduce prices
4.6 The rise of regulation
4.7 Introducing competition: do it early, do it often
5.1 Mobile overtaking fixed lines
5.2 Internet decade
5.3 Back to “normal”
5.4 The new economics of telecommunications
5.5 Data crossover point
5.6 Market development crossover points
5.7 Different targets for different people

Tables

1.1 We commit
1.2 Leading mobile operators
2.1 African cellular investors
3.1 National digital divides
3.2 How ICTs can help achieve the Millennium development goals
3.3 Digital forces
4.1 Examples of market access restrictions in telecommunication services
4.2 Changes in total teledensity rankings, 1990 - 2000, among major economies
5.1 Allocation of 3G mobile licenses
5.2 Relative bandwidth requirements

Boxes

1.1 “Txting” nation
2.1 The shrinking telephone divide
2.2 Nokia and the Finnish economy
2.3 Who is number one in mobile?
3.1 From the missing link to the digital divide
3.2 What are VSATs?
3.3 Old ICTs as “infomediaries”
3.4 Thailish: Thailand, English and the Internet
4.1 Contrasting neighbours: Chile and Argentina
4.2 Franchising: a suitable alternative to reform?
4.3 Opening up Viet Nam
4.4 Morocco leaving the rest behind
4.5 Regulating to grow the market: The case of Botswana
4.6 Comparisons are odorous
4.7 Central Europe and Central Asia: Compare and contrast
5.1 Bucking the trend
5.2 Cellular biology
5.3 Reinventing targets

 

Box Figures

1.1 The global SMS champ
2.1 The telephone gap shrinks
2.2 Finland’s growth engine
2.3 Top mobile markets
3.1 New and old missing links
3.3 ICTs in LDCs
3.4 The English barrier
4.1 Does privatization work? Yes, but it works better with competition
4.4 Morocco on the move
4.5 Regulating for market growth in Botswana
4.7 Winners and losers in the transition to a market economy
5.1 Bucking the trend … and how to do it
5.2 Cell division

 

Box Tables

5.3 Millennium ICT goals

List of World Telecommunication Indicator Tables

Introduction
Table A: List of economies

1. Basic indicators
2. Main telephone lines
3. Waiting list
4. Local telephone network
5. Teleaccessibility
6. Largest city main lines
7. Telephone tariffs
8. Cellular subscribers
9. Cellular tariffs
10. ISDN
11. International telephone traffic
12. Telecommunication staff
13. Telecommunications revenue
14. Telecommunications investment
15. Equipment trade
16. Information technology
17. Internet tariffs
18. Television
19. Network growth
20. Projections
21. ICTs in Households
22. Female Internet Users

Technical Notes

Box 1: Other economies
Sources

 

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