IGF 2020 WS #49 OTT Applications and the Internet Value Chain


Organizer 1: Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Organizer 2: Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization

Speaker 1: Malgorzata Ignatowicz, Government, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Fargani Tambeayuk, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 3: Martin Koyabe, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 4: Gisa Fuatai Purcell, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

How can we get the best value out of data-driven business models for individual and collective well being and economic sustainable development?

OTT interventions by Governments such as taxation, regulatory among others.


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation will be publishing a second OTT report end of April 2020. The report addresses several of the key allegations against OTT applications within the context of the Internet Value Chain. which results from premature OTT interventions (tax or regulatory). Intervening in any way with OTTs requires a clear acknowledgement and fundamental understanding of the reality of the encroached Internet value chain into telecoms and a detailed assessment of the potential impacts and unintended consequences that an intervention may have. The CTO intends to present the report and generate discussions and gather feedback for informed policy decisions.

Expected Outcomes

Develop a best practice framework for OTT for consultations between the key stakeholder groups. The stakeholder include: OTT players, content providers, telecom operators, regulatory arms of Governments, consumers among others.

There will be a power point presentation of the OTT Applications and the Internet Value Chain followed by discussion and reactions to the report to gather feedback that will go into developing best practices.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The objective of the OTT study is to provide a basis for multistakeholder consultations in a number of jurisdictions, a best practice operational framework for OTT platers, including policymakers and regulators around the globe. It is expected that this framework will enable all stakeholders including ICT policymakers, ICT regulators, network operators, OTT service providers and the consumers facilitate the deployment of OTT services in a manner that addresses all their concerns.

Relevance to Theme: The session will contribute to the Data track by identifying best approaches for OTT intervention frameworks by policy makers at national, regional and international levels. It will assist in avoidance of the potential impacts and unintended consequences that an OTT intervention may have.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool. Additional Tools proposed: On top of the IGF Official Online platform we will use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.