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Global - Industry - Regulatory - 2002 - 2004

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Last updated: 27 Nov 2006 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 15

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Synopsis

Archived report. This report was archived in 2004 and has not been updated. Declaring telecommunications ‘competitive’ does not ensure that any new market entrants would, or could, actually begin competing. Increasingly, governments are realising that the value of their national telecoms assets is linked to the strength of their sector reform programmes. Incumbents successfully delayed competition and are regaining former monopolies. Competition, especially in infrastructure, is dwindling. Pre-selection and number portability put power in the hands of users. But also here progress is very slow. New innovative ways need to be explored to progress competition. Structural separation is another long-term policy that needs more serious consideration.

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