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A few words on Convergence

Convergence, though an industry buzzword for some time, remains a important reality in today's information and communication (ICT) industry, so much so that its effects are being felt at numerous levels.

At the technological level, there have been rapid developments in device convergence (e.g. mobile phone, camera and internet access device), network convergence (e.g. fixed-mobile convergence, next-generation networks) and service convergence (e.g. voice services over the internet). At the regulatory level, converged regulators for broadcasting and telecommunications now exist in a number of economies (e.g. Ofcom in the United Kingdom). Corporate convergence is a natural consequence, with many service providers merging their content and infrastructure business areas. Industry convergence is occurring between information technology, telecommunications and media.

Convergence brings with it a number of challenges, including content distribution and management, sustainability and scalability, innovation management, competitive dynamics, tariff policies, network security, regulatory coherence, consumer protection and so on. Convergence at its multiple levels is blurring the boundaries between service classifications, between industries, and between policy frameworks.

This page provides a number of online resources on the topic of convergence.

Selected online resources and policy paper on Convergence

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