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Strategies and policies for the deployment of broadband in developing countries
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Reports, best-practice guidelines, workshops, case studies and recommendations, as appropriate, that take into account the issues for study and the following expected outputs:

a) Strategies/national experiences/guidelines to stimulate investment in broadband networks, including private, public and public-private partnerships, financing mechanisms, universal service funding mechanisms and other ways of bridging the digital divide.
b) National experiences to promote broadband network deployment through effective competition, public and private investment, inter-platform competition and public private partnerships, and identification of the range of alternative successful business arrangements that have been used to meet growing demand and other changes in the market.
c) Methods of broadband infrastructure deployment, including backhaul and backbone, and national experiences for improving cross-border connectivity and connectivity for SIDS.
d) Strategies/national experiences/guidelines to promote public-private partnerships for investment, and business models for the deployment of broadband networks, including policy and licensing approaches, financial incentives and frameworks to promote the deployment of broadband infrastructure to improve connectivity and access in the use of ICTs for all.
e) Guidelines for making the transition from narrowband to high-speed, high-quality broadband networks (including transition to IMT-2020 networks), taking into account interconnection and interoperability features.
f) Case studies associated with operational and technical issues of deploying broadband networks, including backhaul considerations.
g) Examples of removing practical and regulatory barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment.
h) Options for the deployment of broadband access networks in developing countries, based on ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Recommendations and relevant regulatory considerations.
i) National experiences for co-investment, co-location, local loop unbundling and infrastructure sharing to promote market entry, where appropriate.
j) Regulatory challenges and policies to leverage the rise of new technologies in the digital economy and society, including universal service funds, coverage requirements and alternative means of financing broadband access.
k) Overview of national experiences in the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
l) Methods of consolidating and coordinating efforts to facilitate the transition to IPv6.
m) Analysis of the factors affecting the adoption of features of virtual network functions in telecommunication company environments.
n) Technical approaches and national experiences on virtual network functions and SDN to facilitate infrastructure roll-out in developing countries.
o) Study on national experiences in the establishment of Internet traffic exchange points at national, regional and international level.
p) Developing a national migration plan from IPv4 to IPv6, including a capacity-building plan, an awareness plan, knowledge sharing and a readiness assessment.

Question or issue for study
a) Policies and regulations that promote increased high-speed, high-quality broadband network connectivity in developing countries.
b) Effective and efficient ways to fund increased broadband access for the unserved and underserved.
c) Ways to remove practical and regulatory barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment and investment, and best practices for improving cross-border connectivity and SIDS' connectivity challenges.
d) The regulatory and market conditions necessary to promote deployment of broadband networks and services, including, as appropriate, the establishment of asymmetric regulation for operators with significant market power (SMP), such as local loop unbundling, if required, for such SMP operators, and organizational options for national regulatory authorities resulting from convergence.
e) Promoting incentives and an enabling regulatory environment for the investments required to meet the growing demand for access to the Internet generally, and bandwidth and infrastructure requirements in particular, for delivering affordable broadband services to meet development needs, including consideration of public, private and public-private partnerships for investment.
f) Methods to implement affordable and sustainable broadband networks, including the transition from narrowband to high-speed, high-quality networks and interconnection and interoperability features.
g) Demand-side factors and practices to generate and increase the usage of ICT devices and services.
h) Factors influencing the effective deployment of wireline and wireless, including satellite, broadband access technologies, including backhaul considerations.
i) Methodologies for migration planning and implementation of broadband technologies, taking into account existing networks, as appropriate.
j) Trends in the various broadband access technologies and deployment and regulatory considerations.
k) National digital policies, strategies and plans which seek to ensure that broadband is available to as wide a community of users as possible.
l) Flexible, transparent approaches to promoting robust competition in the provision of network access.
m) Co-investment and the co-location and shared use of infrastructure, including through active infrastructure sharing.
n) Licensing approaches and business models for covering remote and rural areas that more effectively integrate the use of terrestrial, satellite, backhaul and submarine telecommunication infrastructure.
o) Holistic universal access and service strategies and financing mechanisms, including universal service funds, for both network expansion and connectivity for public institutions and the community, as well as demand stimulation measures, such as end-user subsidies.
p) Policy and technological aspects of the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
q) Ways to manage access to networks, balancing network performance, competition and consumer benefits.
r) Available procedures, methods and time-frames for the effective transition to IPv6.
s) Guidelines for the adoption of, and migration strategies for, network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).
t) The benefits and challenges to governments, operators and regulators of developing virtualized infrastructure, including costs associated with the adoption of NFV.
u) Case studies of successful NFV platforms and SDN deployment in developed and developing countries, including methods of choosing the infrastructure (data centre and servers) for different virtualized network features.

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