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Competition regimes in telecommunications and the international trading system

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  • Koopmann, Georg
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    In most countries, competition in the telecommunications industry is subject to both sector-specific regulation and more general antitrust policies. At the same time, a process of international market liberalisation is under way in telecommunications which can only be truly effective - and further advance - if appropriate competitive safeguards are in place. Trading partners should agree on certain minimum standards to be observed in this area in order to better combat anticompetitive conduct and avoid international conflicts. The Reference Paper to the WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications is an important step in this direction and may also serve as a model for other network industries. It is a framework of rules which has to be filled with concrete decisions in the fields of antitrust and regulation. More importantly, it must be complemented by multilateral competition rules of a more general nature. -- Der Wettbewerb im Telekommunikationssektor unterliegt in den meisten Ländern sowohl sektorspezifischer Regulierung als auch der allgemeinen Wettbewerbspolitik. Gleichzeitig findet eine internationale Liberalisierung der Telekommunikationsmärkte statt, deren Effektivität - und Fortgang - wesentlich von der Existenz wettbewerblicher Schutzklauseln abhängt. Die Handelspartner sollten sich in diesem Bereich auf bestimmte Mindeststandards zur besseren Bekämpfung wettbewerbswidriger Praktiken und Vermeidung internationaler Konflikte verständigen. Das Reference Paper zum WTO-Abkommen über Telekommunikationsgrunddienste ist ein bedeutender Schritt in dieser Richtung und auch ein Vorbild für andere Netzsektoren. Es enthält eine Rahmenregelung für konkrete politische Entscheidungen und bedarf insbesondere einer Ergänzung durch multilaterale Wettbewerbsregeln allgemeinerer Art.

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    Paper provided by Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) in its series HWWA Discussion Papers with number 125.

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    Keywords: Regulation; Antitrust; Trade Negotiations; Services;

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    1. Olivier Boylaud & Giuseppe Nicoletti, 2000. "Regulation, Market Structure and Performance in Telecommunications," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 237, OECD Publishing.
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