Intermedia, September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03
Crossroads To Reform
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This year is turning out to be one of the most eventful so far even in a sector that has a consistently high rate of change. On the regulatory front, the European Commission's electronic communications framework review is raising a number of key policy trade-offs that will apply anywhere (and see the article by Peter Alexiadis in this issue), while national reviews in the UK, New Zealand and elsewhere are also raising questions about what type of regulatory and competition regimes will deliver digital economy goals. With networks in transition to over the top (OTT), the case may be building for separation of applications and networks, and focusing communications regulation on the latter, as Brian Williamson discusses, and we also have contributions on the need to consider economic goals and the idea of 'industrial policy', and to cross-fertilise with other network industries such as energy and transport. We are at a major junction between old and new, I feel.
Fabio Colasanti, President, IIC
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This issue at a glance
With the rise of OTT there's no doubt we are in the midst of transition in telecoms markets - but how best to respond, asks Brian Williamson.
The goal of promoting digital infrastructure is seeing economic and social progress. peter lovelock takes stock of Asian developments.
Jerry Power says regulation must change to promote digital ecosystems.
The EU framework review has trade-offs that can't be ignored in communications policy, writes Peter Alexiadis in part one of an analysis of the issues.
Should governments be putting more emphasis on industrial policy and developmental approaches in ICT, ask Morten Falch and Anders Henten.
In part one of this briefing, Ian Brown sets the scene for the regulatory issues that are rapidly arriving for the internet of things.
How can children gain vital literacy skills in today's internet, mobile phone and video game era? Aviva Silver says it's about storytelling.
Where cables land: a still from an impressive animation by Business Insider on submarine cables around the world, produced from TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map, a free resource that allows data to be downloaded.
President and General Counsel, Star TV group in India
Vice president of Germany's BNetzA
Richard Womersley sets the scene for the upcoming world radio conference, where the agenda for mobile spectrum is likely to dominate proceedings.
The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate.