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​Scope and purpose

The regulatory tracker covers over 150 countries for a period of 11 years, permitting assessments of the evolution of regulatory trends within the same country, regions or worldwide. It is based on self-reported data gathered yearly via ITU’s World Telecommunication Regulatory Survey (herefter TREG) and on compiled information via internal research. The number of indicators taken into consideration increases from 26 in 2003 to 50 in 2007 as new questions were added with time. The 50 indicators have remained the same since 2007. 


All indicators have been scored between 0 and 2. The reference for the scoring is what is considered the best possible scenario (based on the internationally recognized regulatory best practices adopted by the global community of regulators at the annual Global Symposia for Regulators).
Most indicators are based on a single question each, but 11 of them are the result of a combination of multiple questions from TREG. Please refer to the matrix for detailed scoring explanation on each of the indicators.

For years when specific questions were left blank or when the survey was not answered by a specific country, a look back procedure is applied. This procedure means that the latest available data for the specific indicator is retrieved. For the majority of the indicators, the questions that are not answered are not scored, thus having the scoring field in blank. There are, however, exceptions to this rule and they are explained in the matrix (see below).


The ICT Regulatory Tracker file includes an explanatory matrix providing detailed information on the choice, composition and scoring of each indicator.


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[1]. 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.