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.
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
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 Feijoo, Sergio Ramos and Jose-Luis Gomez-Barroso 15. Mobile Internet Developments in Europe, East Asia and the US Morten Falch, Anders Henten and Karsten Vandrup Index