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Telecom regulation in the EU facing change of tack: Competition requires a clear policy line


  • Heng, Stefan


The introduction of sector-specific regulation in the EU has fostered competition and innovation in the telecommunications industry. However, the liberalisation process still has a long way to go. The debate on the new scenario facing European telecoms regulators shows that as far as the institutional (centralised or decentralised) and time-related (ex-post or ex-ante) focus is concerned, a clear policy line is required. Politically motivated delays and ensuing uncertainties in the market must be avoided in order to boost innovation and achieve sustainable competition.

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  • Heng, Stefan, 2008. "Telecom regulation in the EU facing change of tack: Competition requires a clear policy line," MPRA Paper 9718, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:9718

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    regulation; telecommunications; EU; fixed line telephony;

    JEL classification:

    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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