GENEVA--()--A new report by Analysys Mason, global telecoms, media and technology (TMT) specialist, finds that recent proposals to regulate the global Internet will harm growth and innovation worldwide.
“Spurring access and adoption of the Internet has the ability to transform and improve entire economies, and no one stands to gain more than those in developing nations”
After assessing the current state of the Internet in under-served and developing regions worldwide, the report provides recommendations for governments on developing a robust Internet ecosystem without imposing any form of rate regimes on the modern Internet.
The report, ‘Internet global growth: lessons for the future’, authored by Michael Kende, co-head of Regulation at Analysys Mason, examines the impact of proposals that seek to apply the antiquated settlement system for terminating international voice calls over the legacy telecommunications network to Internet traffic.
The proposals addressed in the paper are to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which are being readied for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to be held in Dubai this December by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In the report, Kende assesses the proposals by focusing on the following areas:
- the success and growth of the Internet under the current model
- the negative impact of applying rate models developed for an obsolete telecoms system to the modern Internet.
Kende concludes with recommendations for governments in developing countries on fostering a robust Internet while avoiding rate regulations.
“Spurring access and adoption of the Internet has the ability to transform and improve entire economies, and no one stands to gain more than those in developing nations,” explains Kende. “Applying a settlement regime as some countries are proposing is a solution in search of a problem, which would ultimately slow Internet penetration and the availability of content.”
Link to view the full study: http://www.analysysmason.com/internet-global-growth-lessons-for-the-future
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