The emergence of digital platforms and services provided over Internet has led to strong growth in consumer demand for fixed and mobile bandwidth. The role of Governments regarding ICT policies and regulation, infrastructure investment and a range of related issues has an important impact in accessing these digital platforms and services from a consumer perspective. Affordable and available access for consumer to the digital ecosystem remains a key political issue, particularly in developing countries. To assist Governments in facing these challenges and creating opportunities, ITU is developing Regulatory Strategic Tools on different relevant topics, such as International Mobile Roaming (IMR), Infrastructure Sharing, and Universal Service to assist National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and Policy Makers in creating an enable environment for affordable access to the digital ecosystem.
The discussion in this session will focus on how to best leverage these existing tools to enrich the dialogue between all stakeholders and strengthen the inclusive dialogue and cooperation at national, regional and global level.