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Die Liberalisierung der Telekommunikationsbranche in Deutschland: Bisherige Erfolge und weiterer Handlungsbedarf

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  • Dewenter Ralf


    (Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg, Holstenhofweg 85, D–22043 Hamburg)

  • Haucap Justus


    (Lehrstuhl für Wettbewerbstheorie und -politik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, GC3/62, Universitätsstr. 150, D–44780 Bochum)

The liberalization of the German telecommunications sector is widely regarded as a success story, for which the rigorous regulation of essential facilities together with a liberal licensing policy have been responsible. While many telecommunications markets are now highly competitive, this is not the case for local telephone markets and some wholesale services. The lack of competition in these markets is partly also due to inadequate regulation. Since geographical cost differences are not reflected in regulated prices, market entry is not attractive in many regions. Furthermore, recent policy measures such as regulated local preselection and call-by-call services as well as the envisaged local resale obligations reduce the business prospects for investors into alternative local infrastructure. While local competition will seemingly increase, the monopolistic situation of infrastructure markets will be cemented. Accordingly, reduced investment incentives will lead to efficiency losses and also harm consumers’ long term interests.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik.

Volume (Year): 53 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 374-396

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Handle: RePEc:lus:zwipol:v:53:y:2004:i:3:p:374-396:n:6
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