New ITU report highlights vital role of effective regulation in driving broadband rollout
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 11, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 2012 edition of ITU’s flagship regulatory report ‘Trends in Telecommunication Reform’, released today, highlights the vital importance of a solid national regulatory framework in accelerating broadband roll-out and stimulating the development of new digital goods and services.
Subtitled ‘Smart Regulation for a Broadband World’, this year’s report sheds light on the often complex legal and regulatory issues now emerging as broadband becomes pervasive and increasingly serves as a driving force for the development of other economic sectors.
Over the past five years, fixed broadband subscriptions have more than doubled to reach an estimated 591 million in early 2012 – yet a huge divide remains between the developed and developing worlds.
Fixed broadband penetration of 26% in industrialized countries contrasts dramatically with penetration of just 4.8% in developing nations. Affordability remains a major obstacle, particularly in Africa, where fixed broadband access costs on average three times monthly per capita income.
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