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Regulation of NGN: Structural Separation, Access Regulation, or No Regulation at All?

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  • Kirsch, Fabian
  • Hirschhausen, Christian von

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Since the introduction of Next Generation Networks (NGNs) by telecommunication network operators, national regulators have begun to adapt their access regulation regimes to the new technological conditions. The regulatory reactions gravitate towards three distinct regulatory trajectories: unregulated competition, access regulation, and structural separation. We first analyze the extent of market power in access Networks in NGNs from a technological perspective. Second, we use case studies to identify patterns between technological and market conditions and regulators' reactions in selected countries. We find that market power in the access network is likely to prevail. Regulatory reactions differ with the extent of infrastructure competition and the regulators position in the trade-off between promoting investment and protecting competition.

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  • Kirsch, Fabian & Hirschhausen, Christian von, 2008. "Regulation of NGN: Structural Separation, Access Regulation, or No Regulation at All?," MPRA Paper 8822, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Next Generation Network; deregulation; access regulation; structural separation;

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    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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