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electronic version online (.pdf)
and Strategy Trends
is the fourth in the series of “ITU Internet Reports”
(previously known as “Challenges to the Network”). The first
three editions looked at “Telecommunications
and the Internet” (in 1997), “Internet
for Development” (in 1999), and “IP
Telephony” (in 2001). This edition, entitled “Internet for a
Mobile Generation”, examines the possibilities and challenges
emerging from the convergence of two distinct sectors of the
telecommunication economy, the Internet, and mobile telephony.
Chapter one of this
report, the Introduction, defines the mobile Internet
in the larger context of technological convergence and market
demand. Chapter two, Technologies and applications,
provides a technical overview of high-speed mobile networks and
available services and applications for the mobile Internet. It also
examines the competition or co-existence of various network
technologies. Chapter three, Market trends, takes
a look at the changing landscape and the commercial challenges
involved in creating a mass market for mobile Internet services.
Chapter four, Regulatory and policy aspects, discusses
the hurdles faced by regulators and policy-makers in a converging
market environment. Chapter five, Case studies,
summarizes a selection of examples taken from country case studies
carried out by ITU, looking at how individual countries are
approaching, or have approached, licensing and deployment of 3G.
Chapter six, Conclusions: Towards a mobile information society,
looks ahead to the broader societal implications of the mobile
Some of the research for
this report, including the case studies, was carried out under the
“New Initiatives Programme”, launched in 1999 (http://www.itu.int/ni).
Under this programme, a workshop on the Licensing of third-generation mobile
was held in Geneva on 19 and 20 September 2001 (http://www.itu.int/3g).
ITU is committed to
playing a positive role in the development of the Internet and to
extending the benefits of new information and communication
technologies, such as mobile technology, to all the world’s
inhabitants. This is in line with Resolution 101 of the
Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998), which calls upon ITU
to “fully embrace the opportunities for telecommunication
development that arise from the growth of IP-based services”.
The ITU Internet Reports are hopefully a significant contribution to
This site provides summaries of the
report's chapters as well as a list of relevant links to the topic
discussed in each chapter.