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Regulation and the Evolution of the Global Telecommunications Industry

Edited by Anastassios Gentzoglanis, Full Professor, University of Sherbrooke, Canada and Director, CEREF (Center for the Study of Regulatory Economics and Finance) and Anders Henten, Associate Professor of ICT, Aalborg University, Denmark
After decades of liberalization of the telecommunications industry around the world and technological convergence that allows for increasing competition, sector-specific regulation of telecommunications has been on the decline. As a result, the telecommunications industry stands in the middle of a debate that calls for either a total deregulation of access to broadband infrastructures or a separation of infrastructure from service delivery. This book proposes new approaches to dealing with the current and future issues of regulation of telecommunication markets on both a regional and a global scale.
Extent: 368 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 588 8
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  • Telecommunications Law
After decades of liberalization of the telecommunications industry around the world and technological convergence that allows for increasing competition, sector-specific regulation of telecommunications has been on the decline. As a result, the telecommunications industry stands in the middle of a debate that calls for either a total deregulation of access to broadband infrastructures or a separation of infrastructure from service delivery. This book proposes new approaches to dealing with the current and future issues of regulation of telecommunication markets on both a regional and a global scale.

This volume represents a valuable compendium of ideas regarding global trends in the telecommunications industry that focus on market and regulatory issues and company strategies. With an international cast of contributors, Regulation and the Evolution of the Global Telecommunications Industry also provides insight into topics including: mobile Internet development, structural function and separation, global experiences with next generation networks, technology convergence and the role of regulation, and the regulatory impact on the balance between static and dynamic efficiencies.

The empirical evidence and experiences presented here illustrate the diversity of thoughts and research that characterize this important area of academic and business research. Thus, it will be a critical reference for scholars and students of regulatory economics, policy and finance and researchers and administrators of the telecom industry.
Contributors: E. Aravantinos, B. Basalisco, E. Bohlin, M. Boyer, P. Curwen, D. Elixmann, M. Falch, C. Feijóo, H. Fuke, A. Gentzoglanis, J.-L. Gómez-Barroso, A. Henten, B. Howell, T. Jitsuzumi, K. Jull, A. Kamino, S. Marcus, S. Ramos, A. Reid, P. Richards, O. Rieck, S. Schmidt, M. Taylor, W.E. Taylor, K. Vandrup, J. Whalley, P. Xavier, D. Ypsilanti
Contents:

Foreword
Stephen Schmidt

Preface
Erik Bohlin

Evolving Technologies, Competition and the New Role of Regulation: Introduction and Synopsis of the Book
Anastassios Gentzoglanis and Anders Henten

PART I: REGULATION VERSUS INVESTMENT: THE BALANCE BETWEEN STATIC AND DYNAMIC EFFICIENCIES AND THE MAIN ISSUES OF REGULATORY POLICY
1. Investment in Broadband Technologies and the Role of Regulation
Anastassios Gentzoglanis and Elias Aravantinos

2. Intermodal Telecommunications Competition: Implications for Regulation of Wholesale Services
William E. Taylor

3. Access Regulation versus Infrastructure Investment: Important Lessons from Australia
Martyn Taylor

4. Behavioral Economics and Telecommunications Policy
Patrick Xavier and Dimitri Ypsilanti

PART II: TECHNOLOGY CONVERGENCE AND THE FUTURE ROLE OF COMPETITION AND REGULATION
5. The Measure and Regulation of Competition in Telecommunications Markets
Marcel Boyer

6. Preventing Harm in Telecommunications Regulation: A New Matrix of Principles and Rules Within the ex ante versus ex post Debate
Kenneth Jull and Stephen Schmidt

7. The Transformation of Telecoms Industry Structure: An Event Study
Olaf Rieck

PART III: ACCESS REGULATION AND PERFORMANCE IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF NGNs: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES
8. From the Pursuit of Efficiency to the Pursuit of Competition in New Zealand’s Evolving Telecommunications Market
Bronwyn Howell

9. International Regulatory Comparisons: The Evolution of IP-based Fiber
Scott Marcus and Dieter Elixmann

PART IV: STRUCTURAL SEPARATION AND REGULATION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
10. Diffusion of Broadband Internet and Structural Separation
Arata Kamino and Hidenori Fuke

11. Implementing Functional Separation in Fixed Telecommunications Markets: The UK Experience
Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley

12. Efficiency and Sustainability of Network Neutrality Proposals
Toshiya Jitsuzumi

PART V: INTERDEPENDENT INNOVATIONS AND REGULATORY POLICIES: MOBILE NETWORK DEPLOYMENT AND MOBILE INTERNET DEVELOPMENTS
13. Interdependent Innovation in Telecommunications: Risk, Standardization and Regulation
Bruno Basalisco, Andy Reid and Paul Richards

14. Next Generation Mobile Networks Deployment and Regulation in the European Union
Claudio Feijóo, Sergio Ramos and José-Luis Gómez-Barroso

15. Mobile Internet Developments in Europe, East Asia and the US
Morten Falch, Anders Henten and Karsten Vandrup

Index