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2001 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2000 - 2001

Interconnection Regulation

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The third edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform includes one chapter reviewing global trends in market reform, and seven chapters exploring the key regulatory issue of interconnection. The seven interconnection chapters cover the importance of interconnection, regulatory and technical issues, economic issues in interconnection, network unbundling, interconnection with mobile networks, Internet interconnection and international interconnection.

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Network unbundling

As policy-makers and regulators across the globe rewrite their laws and regulations to allow competition in their telecommunication sectors, they are encountering a problem: Incumbents have a massive head start in the market. Existing network operators have had decades – if not more than a century – to install plant and equipment and provide services to the public. Not only are their networks large – and in the case of industrialized countries, often comprehensive – but they have established working systems for marketing, customer service, billing and collection that must be viewed as powerful competitive assets.

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