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Competition regimes in telecommunications and the international trading system


  • Koopmann, Georg


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.

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  • Koopmann, Georg, 2001. "Competition regimes in telecommunications and the international trading system," HWWA Discussion Papers 125, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwadp:26230

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    1. Olivier Boylaud & Giuseppe Nicoletti, 2003. "Regulation, market structure and performance in telecommunications," OECD Economic Studies, OECD Publishing, vol. 2001(1), pages 99-142.
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    Regulation; Antitrust; Trade Negotiations; Services;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • L89 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Other
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General


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