The Next Step for Telecom Regulation: ICT Convergence Regulation or Multisector Utilities Regulation?

Show simple item record Henten, Anders Samarajiva, Rohan Melody, William 2016-02-28T20:47:11Z 2016-02-28T20:47:11Z 2002-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Henten, A., Samarajiva, R., & Melody, W. (2002). The next step for telecom regulation: ICT convergence regulation or multisector utilities regulation? The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 3. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.description.abstract This paper critically examines the multiple rationales for telecom, IT, media (ICT) convergence regulation on the one hand, and multisector utility regulation on the other, and the practical questions of implementation they pose, with a view to contributing to informed policy and regulatory decisions that are now underway in many countries. The conditions that may affect the creation of convergence and multi-sector regulation, ranging from underlying commonality of inputs and the behaviour of regulated firms to considerations that are specific to the regulatory process such as scarcity of regulatory resources and safeguards for regulatory independence, are examined. The paper concludes that ICT and media convergence issues are primarily about improving the efficiency of market economies, and how changes in regulation can facilitate this process. It is likely to be of primary interest for countries that already have an established effective independent telecom regulator. Multisector regulation issues are primarily about establishing the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation so it can be a catalyst for network and economic development. It is likely to be of primary interest to countries that have not yet established effective telecom regulation. Each regulatory option arises from an initial diagnose of different problems, and represents different priorities and pathways to achieving a very similar set of development objectives.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title The Next Step for Telecom Regulation: ICT Convergence Regulation or Multisector Utilities Regulation? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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  • SAJIC Issue 3, 2002
    Articles on building network knowledge economies, B2B e-commerce, telecommunications reform and poverty alleviation, evolution of telecommunications policy reforms, technical and policy advances in rural telecommunications, the international ICT and development discourse, convergence regulation

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