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GSR-03: Universal Access Regulatory Best Practice Guidelines 08.10.2021

Global Symposium for Regulators 2003 Universal Access Regulatory Best Practice Guidelines    We, the regulators participating in the 2003 Global Symposium for Regulators, have identified and propose the following best practice guidelines to achieving universal access to information and communication technology (ICT) services. A. An enabling regulatory environment: the role of governments and regulators The success of any universal access/service policy is dependent upon political support at the highest level that recognizes the role of ICTs as a tool for development. It is essential that Regulators exist or be established where they do not yet exist, and that their key…

GSR-04: Promotion of Low Cost Broadband and Internet Connectivity

GSR-04: Best Practice Guidelines for the Promotion of Low Cost Broadband and Internet Connectivity We, the regulators participating in the 2004 Global Symposium for Regulators, have identified and proposed best practice guidelines to achieve low cost broadband and Internet connectivity. Our goal is the creation of national regulatory frameworks that are flexible and enable competition between various service providers using multiple transport and technology options. We believe the best practices outlined below will help bring social and economic benefits to the world’s citizens. An enabling regulatory regime that encourages broadband deployment and Internet Connectivity We encourage political support at the…

GSR-05: Spectrum Management to Promote Broadband Access

Global Symposium for Regulators 2005 Best Practice Guidelines for Spectrum Management to Promote Broadband Access Introduction Wireless broadband technologies hold promise for all countries seeking to ensure the availability of access to information communication technologies (ICT) and the creation of the Information Society. The ICT sector can improve standards of living and quality of life and boost productivity and competitiveness in the global and national economies. Broadband is an essential component of ICT. It is bringing new multimedia services to consumers for work and leisure, making them better-informed and more involved citizens and promoting economic and societal progress. With the…

GSR-07: Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) Migration

GSR-07: Best Practice Guidelines for Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) Migration We, the regulators participating in the 2007 Global Symposium for Regulators, have identified and proposed best practice guidelines for the migration to NGNs. Our goal is to promote regulatory frameworks that foster innovation, investment and affordable access to NGNs and that facilitate the migration to NGNs. We believe the best practices outlined below can contribute to reaching this goal and deliver real benefits to citizens and consumers, including innovative new services and technologies. An enabling regulatory regime that fosters innovation, investment and affordable access to NGNs and facilitates migration to NGNs…

GSR-08: Innovative Infrastructure Sharing Strategies to Promote Affordable Access for All

GSR-08 Best Practice Guidelines on Innovative Infrastructure Sharing Strategies to Promote Affordable Access for All Over the last decade, the telecommunication sector worldwide witnessed a first wave of reforms resulting in the establishment of a regulator in the vast majority of countries, introduction of competition in some or all service segments and at least partial privatization of the incumbent operators (among other measures). The result has been unprecedented take-up of mobile voice services in developing countries. However, despite these impressive gains, much of the world’s population still remains without access even to voice services, and very few citizens in developing…

GSR-09: Innovative Regulatory Approaches in a Converged World to Strengthen the Foundation of a Global Information Society

GSR-09 –Best Practice Guidelines on Innovative Regulatory Approaches in a Converged World to Strengthen the Foundation of a Global Information Society The technological and market changes that have taken place recently in the sector with the convergence of networks, advent of IP technologies and broadband developments, have blurred the boundaries between the once-separate telecom, Internet, broadcasting and electronic media worlds, bringing new players as well as driving new opportunities and challenges. Today, convergence of markets, applications, services and users’ terminals looks inevitable, being both convenient for consumers and promising for market players in creating new opportunities and revenue streams. Meeting…

GSR-10: Enabling Open Access

GSR-10 Best Practice Guidelines for Enabling Open Access   With the growing complexity of the ICT market environment, there is a need to rethink the different degrees of regulation to anchor national broadband strategies and regulatory frameworks around the multi-facetted concept of open access to and over networks, which provides for achieving effective competition while ensuring accessible, affordable and reliable services for consumers. A new ladder of regulation may now be required to set the right balance between service competition and infrastructure competition to address the challenges associated with access to broadband networks and services. This includes ensuring equal and…

GSR-21 Best Practice Guidelines – Regulatory uplift for financing digital infrastructure, access and use

Digital technologies are now powering our economies and the way we live – our very future. Digitalization is fast revolutionizing productivity, employment, skills, services and markets. It changes the means of production, methods of delivery, lifestyles, patterns of consumption and the fabric of social intercourse. ICTs are now the foundation for every economic sector, for business performance and for national growth. This change is profound. Collaborative digital regulation addresses the complexity and the opportunity of this change through flexible and enabling policy frameworks. The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined how important reliable broadband is to people and businesses. Investment in rolling…

GSR-11: Regulatory Approaches to Advance the Deployment of Broadband, Encourage Innovation and Enable Digital Inclusion for All

GSR-11 Best Practice Guidelines on Regulatory Approaches to Advance the Deployment of Broadband, Encourage Innovation and Enable Digital Inclusion for All The rapid growth of the digital economy presents huge opportunities for economic and social development, creating global markets for applications and services, improving productive capacity, reducing the cost of doing business, and unleashing creativity and innovation. The growth of broadband networks will accelerate this trend, offering the opportunity to leapfrog time and distance limitations and providing greater bandwidth across the globe. Similarly, these networks have and will continue to provide new ways for all members of society, regardless of…

GSR-12: Regulatory Approaches to Foster Access to Digital Opportunities Through Cloud Services

GSR-12 Best Practice Guidelines on Regulatory Approaches to Foster Access to Digital Opportunities Through Cloud Services The growth of cloud computing has the potential to offer tremendous cost savings, efficiency and innovation for government, businesses and individuals around the globe. For entrepreneurs and businesses, big and small, cloud computing delivers unique economic leverage that means investment can translate into impressive returns and costs savings. With the advent of cloud computing, digital resources are now becoming accessible over multiple networks anywhere, anytime. Yet, reaping the full potential of cloud computing requires cooperation and collaboration between governments, industry and consumers to build…

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