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1 Global Trends in Telecom Restructuring Dr Tim Kelly, ITU Monday Session 1 CTO Senior management seminar: Telecoms restructuring and business change Malta, May, 1999 The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the ITU or its membership. Dr Kelly can be contacted at

2 Agenda The state of the Telecoms sector worldwide The Public Switched Telephone Network Mobile Communications The Internet Market liberalisation / privatisation * Separation of regulatory and operational functions The telecoms development gap: The changing international telecoms environment The erosion of the accounting rate system Key policy issues * This will be the subject of separate presentations.

3 Telephone main lines worldwide (M) Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database % 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% Annual average growth (right scale) F o r e c a s t

4 Annual growth in telephone network Emerging economies, % 9% 10% 27% AfricaArab States Latin America Asia- Pacific Source: ITU Asia-Pacific Telecommunication Indicators, 1997: New Telecom Operators.

5 Top 20 PTOs by revenue, 1997 Source: ITU PTO Database.

6 Cellular subscribers worldwide (M) Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database. Annual average growth (right scale) % 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% F o r e c a s t

7 Cellphones, like fixed-lines, are closely related to wealth Saudi Arabia Gabon Russia Israel Finland Switzerland Belgium Bolivia Azerbaijan Lebanon Estonia Cambodia Tunisia Cameroon R 2 = $100$1'000$10'000$100'000 GDP per capita, US$, 1996 Cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants, 1997 Countries above the line have a higher than expected mobile cellular penetration considering their level of income. Countries below the line have a higher than expected mobile cellular penetration considering their level of income. Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database.

8 Top 20 mobile companies, 1997 Source: ITU PTO Database.

9 Internet hosts (million) and growth rates, Source: ITU Challenges to the Network: Internet for development, Network Wizards % 52% 6% Telephone lines Cellular subscribers Internet hosts

10 Canada & US 64.1% Europe, 24.3% LAC* 1.2% Africa 0.5% Developing Asia-Pacific 2.9% Other 4.6% Australia, Japan & New Zealand 7.0% Distribution of Internet hosts, January 1998 Source: ITU Challenges to the Network: Internet for development, 1999.

11 Top 20 Internet Service Providers, 1998 Rank Internet / Online Service provider (Country) Owner WebsiteSubscribers (latest, 000s) 1 AOL (USA) *AOL Jun-98 2 Nifty-Serve (Japan) Fujitsu, others 2'630 Aug-98 3 Biglobe (Japan)NEC, others 2'560 Mar-98 4 T-Online (Germany)Deutsche Telekom 2'300 Jun-98 5 MSN (USA)Microsoft home.microsoft.com 2'000 Jun-98 6 Chollian (Korea (Rep.))Dacom 1'170 Dec-97 7 WorldNet (USA)AT&T 1'095 Jun-98 8 EarthLink Sprint (USA)Sprint, others 710 Jun-98 9 Prodigy (USA)Prodigy 638 Jun Infovia (Spain)Telefonica 535 Dec Netcom (USA)ICG 512 Jun HiNet (Taiwan-China)Chungwa Telecom 507 Jun MindSpring (USA)MindSpring 393 Jun SBC Internet ServicesSBC Jun Tele2 (Sweden)Tele Jun GTE Internetworking (USA)GTE 311 Jun CWIX (USA)Cable&Wireless 310 Jun Wanadoo (France)France Telecom 266 Jun Netvigator (Hongkong SAR)Hongkong Telecom 235 Mar Telia Internet (Sweden)Telia 232 Dec-97 TOTAL, top Source: ITU Challenges to the Network: Internet for development, 1999.

12 Market liberalisation and corporatisation/privatisation of incumbents Process and impact of liberalisation: worldwide trends (Tuesday, Session 1) Process and impact of commercialisation/privatisation: worldwide trends (Tuesday, Session 2) Towards the future: what next for telecoms businesses? (Wednesday, Session 1)

13 Separation of regulatory and operational functions Of 188 ITU Member States: 156 have separated posts & telecoms (32 have not) 147 have separated regulatory and operational functions (41 have not) 132 have a regulator which is independent of the operators in terms of finance and decision- making (in 56, it is not) 83 have fully or partially privatised the incumbent operator (105 have not) 38 have liberalised basic telecom services (150 have not)

14 Drafting of new telecom laws Source: ITU Telecom Regulatory Database.

15 Creation of separate regulatory bodies, worldwide (cumulative) Source: ITU Telecom Regulatory Database

16 Separate regulatory bodies, worldwide, 1998 Source: ITU Telecom Regulatory Database.

17 The development gap: Impact of the changing international telecoms environment Telecommunications development gap Narrowing between developed and middle-income developing countries Widening between middle-income developing countries and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) New development gap emerging for advanced telecom services (Internet, broadband, multimedia) Uneven pace of market liberalisation For instance, there are more telephone companies in the UK than the whole of Africa Erosion of accounting rate system Traditional support for network roll-out

18 Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database. The future is here, its just not evenly distributed William Gibson Teledensity to68.3 (46) 8.6 to27.8 (45) 1.4 to8.6 (47) 0 to1.4 (48)

19 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Internet hosts Telephone lines TV setsPopulation High income Upper middle Lower middle Low income 1.4 billion792 m21.8 m5.8 billion Percentage of installed base, 1997 Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database.

20 Collection charge revenue, 30% Net settlements, 37% Domestic revenues, 33% Sri Lanka Developing countries typically depend on international services & settlements Source: ITU/CTO/InfoDev Country Case Studies.

21 User tariff Settlement rate Cost (low estimate) Developing countries also have relatively high cost structures (US cents per minute) IndiaMauritaniaSri Lanka UgandaColombiaThe Bahamas SenegalSamoa Source: ITU/CTO/InfoDev Country Case Studies.

22 Settlement rates are now declining rapidly... Source: ITU-T Study Group 3 (COM 3-53) estimate is a minimum projection based on D.140 Annex D Settlement rate, in SDR per minute Pre-1992 (D.140) Change = -2% p.a Change = -4% p.a Change = -21% p.a. Global average

23 Two alternative scenarios: Source: ITU Focus Group Report, FCC. ITU Focus Group targets, by teledensity (T), to be achieved by 2001 (2004) FCC Benchmarks, by income group

24 Key policy issues to be tackled Interconnection How to manage the transition to a multi-player environment? Internet Who really sets the rules? Who really gets benefits? International settlements How to transition to a cost-oriented system while providing a soft-landing for developing countries? International infrastructures How to ensure equal access at competitive rates? Investment How to increase investment, esp in LDCs?


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