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Sri Lanka's Telecommunications Industry: From Privatisation to Anti-Competition?


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  • Sisira Kumara Jayasuriya

    (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

  • Malathy Knight-John

    (Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1)


Sri Lanka's telecommunications industry was profoundly transformed during the 1990s and became one of the most open and competitive among developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This was driven by a series of government initiatives to open up the sector to new entrants and greater competition. But after privatisation of the state-owned monopoly became a feasible policy option, and particularly after it was partially privatised in 1997, there has been an apparent shift in government policy away from its previous pro-competitive stance. This paper examines the evolution and present state of Sri Lanka's telecommunications industry, the regulatory policy framework, and pertinent competition policy issues in the sector, with particular attention to the apparent shift of government policies away from its earlier strong pro-competitive stance.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, La Trobe University in its series Working Papers with number 2000.12.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:2000.12

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Keywords: Telecommunications; Competition; Privatization;

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  1. Nuttall, R. & Vickers, J., 1996. "Competition Policy for Regulated Utility Industries in Britain," Economics Series Working Papers 99178, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  2. Utsumi, Yoshio, 2000. "Moving beyond international accounting rates," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 5-8, February.
  3. Valletti, Tommaso M & Cave, Martin, 1998. "Competition in UK mobile communications," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 109-131, March.
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Cited by:
  1. Knight-John, Malathy, 2005. "Regulatory Impact Assessment: A Tool for Improved Regulatory Governance in Sri Lanka?," Centre on Regulation and Competition (CRC) Working papers 30626, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  2. Knight-John, Malathy, 2002. "The Institutional Policy Framework for Regulation and Competition in Sri Lanka," Centre on Regulation and Competition (CRC) Working papers 30639, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  3. Knight-John, Malathy & Jayasinghe, Shantha & Perumal, Andrew, 2004. "Regulatory Impact Assessment in Sri Lanka: The Bridges That Have To Be Crossed," Centre on Regulation and Competition (CRC) Working papers 30666, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  4. Jain, Rekha, . "Spectrum Refarming in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Policy Makers and Regulators," IIMA Working Papers WP2007-10-01, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.


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