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Competition Policy in Telecommunications

In recent years, the global telecommunication market has moved undisputedly towards greater liberalization and increased competition. Over the past five years alone, full or partial competition in basic services was introduced in more than 40 countries. Many more countries have made commitments for the future introduction of competition, for instance as part of their schedule of commitments made under the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services.

Correspondingly, the opening up of markets worldwide has also spurred an increase of mergers and acquisitions. During this same period, the global telecommunication market witnessed a number of mergers and alliances between some of the world’s largest public telecommunications operators, both within and between countries.

With the growing number of countries undertaking major liberalization efforts in their telecommunication markets, and the growing trend towards industry consolidation, it has become increasingly important for countries to ensure that they possess the necessary facilities and know-how to efficiently and effectively manage telecommunication competition issues in the public interest.



A workshop under the ITU New Initiatives Programme was held on the subject of competition policy in telecommunications was organized from 20 to 22 November 2002. The meeting was hosted in Geneva by ITU.

Background and objectives of the workshop

Workshop documents 

Workshop presentations  


Background Paper

A Background Paper was prepared to serve as an introduction to the topic of competition policy in telecommunications  


Country Case Studies

A series of Country Case Studies on competition policy in telecommunications were prepared on:


Online Resources

Competition policy in telecommunications resources

General competition resources


Other ITU New Initiatives Topics
More information on the ITU New Initiatives programme can be found here.


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