More than 'Pretend Competition' in German Telecommunications

Deutsche Bank Research Economics Working Paper No. 37

12 Pages Posted: 25 May 2004

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S. Heng

Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

Date Written: April 25, 2003

Abstract

In a globally networked economy, the telecommunications sector - which was long in the hands of a state-run company - must not close its eyes to competition. All the same, Germany was late in starting to deregulate the industry and so far has concentrated more on competition among service providers than among network operators. Even though several steps have been taken to open the telecommunications market further, the former monopolist continues to dominate it so strongly that critics speak of mere pretend competition.

Keywords: Telecommunications, fixed line, regulation

JEL Classification: K2, L96, O31

Suggested Citation

Heng, Stefan, More than 'Pretend Competition' in German Telecommunications (April 25, 2003). Deutsche Bank Research Economics Working Paper No. 37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=550684 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.550684

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