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Competition Policy in Telecommunications Resources

This page has been designed to provide some background information on the topic of competition policy as applied to the area of telecommunications. 

For a primer on competition policy and law in general, please click here

This list of resources is not exhaustive.  If you would like additional related resources to be reflected, please contact Eric Lie at

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Introduction and general resources

World Bank, Telecommunications Regulation Handbook - Module 5 Competition Policy, Hank Intven, November 2000

Controlling Market Power in Telecommunications: Antitrust vs. Sector-Specific Regulation, Damien Gerardin and Michel Kerf, 2002, Oxford University Press

Competition Law and Regulation in European Telecommunications, Pierre Larouche, 2000, Hart Publishing


Market definition and dominance

Paper prepared for the European Commission (DGCOMP), Market Definition in Telecommunications, Jordi Gual, September 2002

Paper prepared for the ITS2000 Conference, Relevant Markets and Conditions of Entry in Telecommunications Services in Brazil: Implications for antitrust and regulatory analysis, Mario L. Possas and Jorge Fagundes, July 2000

European Commission guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of significant market power under the Community regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, July 2002


Institutional approaches

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Competition Policy Roundtables, Relationship between Regulators and Competition Authorities, June 1999 

Paper prepared for the 1999 World Bank-CAE Conference on Governance, Equity and Global Markets, The Institutional Infrastructure of Competition Policy, Jean Tirole, June 1999 


Competition issues in telecommunications

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Competition Policy Roundtables, Competition and Regulation Issues in Telecommunications, February 2002

Article from Telecommunications Policy Online, International Roaming Charges: Overcharging and competition law, Ewan Sutherland, International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG), March 2001

Article from the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Access Issues under EU Regulation and Anti-Trust Law, Herbert Ungerer, July 2000

Introduction paper prepared for the Internet Law Program, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Access to the Internet, Yochai Benkler, May 2002

Report prepared by Antelope Consulting for the Department for International Development, UK,  The costs of Internet Access in Developing Countries: Overview Report, Claire Milne, October 2001


Mergers and acquisitions

Final Report for the 2002 European Commission Workshop on Vertical Mergers Agreements in the New Economy,  Competition Assessment of Vertical Mergers and Vertical Agreements in the New Economy, Gide, Loyrette and Nouel, November 2001

Network effects and merger analysis: instant messaging and the AOL-Time Warner case, Gerald Faulhaber, June 2002

 Merger Control and Remedies Policy in Telecommunications Mergers in the EU and US, Gilles Le Blanc and Howard Shelanski, August 2002


National telecommunications competition policy material

European Commission

United States Federal Communications Commission, Regulator's Guide: Competition in Telecommunications Services

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Telecommunications Group

Fair Trade Commission of Japan, Guidelines for Promotion of Competition in the Telecommunications Business Field, November 2001

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), Hong Kong, China has published a Report on the Effectiveness of Competition in Hong Kong's Telecommunications Market: An International Comparison , June 2003


Related material

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) provides, under its Competition Law Compliance Programme,  a useful guide to EU Competition Law as applied to the telecommunications standardization process.

Article from the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Convergence, Competition and Regulation, Campbell Cowie & Christopher T. Marsden, June 1998 - with a focus on broadcasting.



ITU Workshop on Competition Policy in Telecommunications (Geneva, November 2002)   



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