Market Power, Affordability and Access: The Case of Universal Telecommunications Services in Mexico (1990-2010)
19 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2012
Date Written: January, 29 2012
The aim of the present research is to examine the implications that this market power held by the dominant telecommunications companies has on ensuring affordable access to telecommunications services, to high quality standards, under conditions of social equity.
The paper begins by examining the coverage of telecommunications services in various regions of the country, ranked according to their respective level of development (and poverty). In order to put Mexico’s progress into perspective, the study presents international comparisons from over the last decade (2002-2009) of telephone density in those continents with the largest proportion of developing countries, namely Latin America, Asia and Africa. Then, the paper analyses the scope of public policies on universal service provision designed by Mexican authorities to achieve the goal of universal and presents the main research results of these policies.
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