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GSR-17 Consultation

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GSR-17 Best Practice Guidelines

Today, despite the rapid deployment and expansion of ICT networks worldwide, mobile cellular coverage of 95% of the world's population, decline in prices, in particular mobile broadband prices to represent an average of 5.5% of gross national income per capita in 2015, affordability of accessing the digital world remains an issue for many. Governments and regulators, collaborating with stakeholders within the telecommunication/ICT and across the sectors, have a key role to play in setting innovative policies and regulatory measures to create an enabling environment for innovation and investment. Together we can make access to ICTs and digital societies affordable and sustainable so that all can benefit from the opportunities of this digital world.  

As part of the GSR-17 consultation process, regulators were invited to identify innovative and collaborative policy, regulatory and business measures needed to lift the barriers and achieve affordable access to the digital world in the following areas:
. Infrastructure and connectivity: innovative measures at the international, national and local levels
- Consumer access: to ICT services (subscription, plans, platforms and apps) and devices (smartphones, tablets, computed-based, etc.)
- Market and business opportunities: market access, sustainable models, cross-sectoral approaches and economic incentives
- Funding and financing: private funding, partnerships, public financing and regulatory incentives to support affordability and sustainability in uneconomic markets.

The best practice regulatory guidelines were presented and adopted on the last day of GSR-17.

Contributions were coordinated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) of the Bahamas.

GSR-17 Best Practice Guidelines
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