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Competition law and regulation in the Turkish telecommunications industry: Friends or foes?

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  • ArdIyok, Sahin
  • Og[breve]uz, Fuat

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The interaction between national competition authorities (NCAs) and national regulatory authorities (NRAs) plays a vital role in institutionalizing competition policy during regulatory reforms. Questions about jurisdictional authority over competition policy are far from settled What role should NCAs play in regulated industries? Should we see NRAs and NCAs as complements or substitutes? This paper attempts to discuss these issues within the context of the Turkish telecommunications industry. Recent events in this industry point to relative strengths and weaknesses of a legally powerful NRA against a NCA. We address the complementarity issue as an empirical question and dispute its practical viability in a hostile environment where two agencies differ on the role of competition. The Turkish telecommunications industry shows that legal ambiguity surrounding competition policy creates inefficiencies and increased power struggles.

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  • ArdIyok, Sahin & Og[breve]uz, Fuat, 2010. "Competition law and regulation in the Turkish telecommunications industry: Friends or foes?," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 233-243, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:34:y:2010:i:4:p:233-243
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    1. Xia, Jun, 2012. "Reprint of: Competition and regulation in China's 3G/4G mobile communications industry—Institutions, governance, and telecom SOEs," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(10), pages 798-816.
    2. Karacuka, Mehmet & Çatık, A. Nazif & Haucap, Justus, 2013. "Consumer choice and local network effects in mobile telecommunications in Turkey," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 334-344.
    3. Ünver, Mehmet Bilal & Göktaylar, Yavuz & Tezel, Fatih, 2015. "Regulatory Implications of FMS for Voice Services in Turkey: Analysis of Recent Regulatory Acts on Deregulation and Margin Squeeze," 26th European Regional ITS Conference, Madrid 2015 127186, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    4. Xia, Jun, 2012. "Competition and regulation in China's 3G/4G mobile communications industry—Institutions, governance, and telecom SOEs," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(7), pages 503-521.

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