ITU-T SG 3 – Tutorial Prof. Martin Cave, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK "Economics of Telecommunications"
Geneva, Switzerland 19 January 2009
Within the Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T),
Study Group 3
(SG3) responsible for studies relating to tariff and accounting principles for international
telecommunication services. Within this framework, studies of related telecommunication economic
and policy issues are also carried out and Professor Martin Cave, Director of the Centre for
Management under Regulation, at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry,
UK, will give this important tutorial. Prof. Cave’s current research interests are economic regulation
of industry, especially the communications industry, and competition law and policy. Formerly, he has
been Professor of Economics 1986-2001, and Vice Principal 1996-2001, Brunel University. Also Adviser to
OFTEL, CAA and Postcomm, and Member of the Competition Commission. He has over 100 publications in the
field (including as co-author of the Handbook of Telecommunications Economics).
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This half-day tutorial will focus on the economic concepts that are
important in telecommunications.
Topics to be covered
Its purpose would be to help participants to achieve a common level of
understanding of those key concepts so as to facilitate discussions
regarding specific areas for future work.
- Sources of market failure in telecommunications
- Policy responses for economic regulation
- Instruments of social regulation
Information about ITU-T SG3 studies
Study Group 3 fosters collaboration among its members with a view to the
establishment of rates at levels as low as possible consistent with an
efficient service and taking into account the necessity for maintaining
independent financial administration of telecommunication on a sound basis.
Information and Documentation
Studies are carried out on a four-year cycle and the next cycle will start
in January 2008. The objectives of the studies are to understand issues and,
if possible, to develop ITU-T Recommendations related to the issues.
During the recent years SG3 has considered topics such as mobile termination
rates and network externalities.
Meetings are typically attended by about 150 people from about 50 countries.