Telecom Regulation in the EU Facing Change of Tack: Competition Requires a Clear Policy Line
Deutsche Bank Research, Economics No. 66
12 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2008
Date Written: July 8, 2008
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.
Keywords: regulation, telecommunications, EU, fixed line telephony
JEL Classification: K2, L96, O14, O33
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