Transforming Telecommunications Technologies-Policy and Regulation

Posted: 8 Dec 2009

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Martin E. Cave

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; Brunel University London

Keiko Hatta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: Autumn 2009

Abstract

The replacement of copper telecommunications networks by fibre-based next-generation networks (NGN) capable of providing high-speed broadband services requires substantial investment and a regulatory regime designed to encourage it. The paper identifies which technologies are capable of supporting NGN and considers what changes to the regulatory regime are required to elicit them in competitive, non-competitive, and non-commercial geographical areas. In non-competitive areas there is likely to be trade-off between the timing of investment and nature of concessions offered to constructors. Governments are also considering investment in NGN, either separately from or as part of a recovery package, and the paper discusses the justification for such investments.

Keywords: telecommunications, next-generation networks, regulation, access prices, recovery plans, L5, L8

Suggested Citation

Cave, Martin E. and Hatta, Keiko, Transforming Telecommunications Technologies-Policy and Regulation (Autumn 2009). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 488-505, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518818 or http://dx.doi.org/grp023

Martin E. Cave (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Centre for Management under Regulation (CMuR)
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Brunel University London

Kingston Lane
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Keiko Hatta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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