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Shackling Sector Development: Leased Lines in the Republic of South Africa


Ewan Sutherland


University of Witwatersrand, LINK Centre

2007

Southern African Journal of Information and Communication, No. 8, pp. 78-107, 2007

Abstract:     
Leased lines are basic building blocks of mobile networks, ISPs and virtual private networks. In South Africa they have been provided almost exclusively by Telkom SA, the incumbent operator, at comparatively high prices. Those prices were controlled as part of a general price cap by regulations, but in the absence of either competition or mandatory cost orientation, the level initially rose then declined (but slowly). Attempts to introduce infrastructure competition were badly managed and delayed. The Electronic Communication Act 2005 replaces these schemes, but the implementation is slow and has not yet brought changes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Republic of South Africa, leased lines, telecommunications

JEL Classification: N47, K21, L96

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Date posted: February 11, 2010  

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Sutherland, Ewan, Shackling Sector Development: Leased Lines in the Republic of South Africa (2007). Southern African Journal of Information and Communication, No. 8, pp. 78-107, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1550270

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Ewan Sutherland (Contact Author)
University of Witwatersrand, LINK Centre ( email )
2 St David's Place, Parktown
Wits
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2050
South Africa
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