The Telecommunication Regulation Handbook is a one-stop regulatory reference guide for the telecommunications sector, and essential reading for anyone involved in the telecommunications markets and related policy-making. The Handbook is one of infoDev’s most popular publications; ten years after its initial publication, it is still downloaded 800 times each day.
Times have changed drastically since the first edition in 2000. Then, global mobile penetration was 12% and the Internet got to 6% of people in the world. Many regulators focused on voice communications and were still figuring out how to introduce competition into fixed line markets.
Today, worldwide mobile penetration is 68% and Internet users number 27%. Data communications, not voice, account for most traffic, and regulators have turned their attention to high-speed broadband, mobile and next generation networks.
Given these massive and rapid changes in the technological and market aspects of telecommunications, The World Bank and ITU decided to revise and expand the Handbook to make sure it stays relevant and useful for regulators for the next decade. New topics such as cybersecurity and green ICT have been added, and case studies updated.
The Telecommunication Regulation Handbook and its companion resource, the ICT Regulation Toolkit, are available free of charge at www.ictregulationtoolkit.org.