The indicators are divided in 4 different clusters, each cluster is designed in order to take stock of the different areas of the regulatory analysis.
Cluster 1, Regulatory authority, is composed of 10 indicators, scoring a maximum of 20 points. It contains indicators reporting on the entity in charge of regulation, its structure, decision and enforcement powers, autonomy and accountability, having a separate regulator to oversee the sector being internationally recognized as a good practice. Its score is taken into account when there is data for at least 3 indicators.
Cluster 2, Regulatory mandate, is composed of 11 indicators, scoring a maximum of 22 points. It analyzes the distribution of the regulatory functions according to the different segments of the markets and taking into account the expanding mandate of the regulator in a converging digital world. Its score is taken into account when there is data for at least 3 indicators.
Cluster 3, Regulatory regime, is composed of 15 indicators, thus scoring a maximum of 30 points. This cluster addresses the areas that are regulated and how. The purpose of this cluster is to examine the kind of regulatory intervention needed (targeted regulation) and not to foster more regulation. Its score is taken into account when there is data for at least 4 indicators.
Cluster 4, Competition framework, is composed of 14 indicators, thus scoring a maximum of 28 points. The set of indicators was identified to assess the competitiveness of the sector by identifying the level of competition in the different markets (based on what is legally permissible), measures to protect competition and openness to private and foreign investment and thus to innovation. Its score is taken into account when there is data for at least 4 indicators.