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Telecommunications in Transitioning towards General Competition: A Comparative Study on Interconnection in the U.S., the EU and Thailand
Thammasat University Law Journal (2007)
  • piyabutr bunaramrueang, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Abstract
Telecommunications industry is generally known for its specific set of regulations in dealing with its own critical issues, particularly of competition in the context of natural monopoly and asymmetric regulation. Interconnection is the major condition which is intensely regulated. Nonetheless, telecommunications regulations are transitioning towards general competition meaning that the specific conditions are fading out; specific rules are becoming unnecessary. The regulation of interconnection is now in question. The United States and the European Union have provided the most advanced examples which have been developing for more than a century. However, each country has its own conditions and specific requirements. The United States possesses very strong systems interplaying between antitrust and telecommunication laws. The European Union has developed its framework in dealing with integration of its internal market. In case of Thailand, its situation is well-positioned for general competition because asymmetric regulations are not necessary for the industry. Operators need not to have specific condition to deal with the incumbent. Actually, they all have competed in the level playing field for quite a while. Conditions for interconnection are less required.
Keywords
  • Telecommunications,
  • Regulation,
  • Interconnection,
  • Competition,
  • Thailand
Disciplines
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
piyabutr bunaramrueang. "Telecommunications in Transitioning towards General Competition: A Comparative Study on Interconnection in the U.S., the EU and Thailand" Thammasat University Law Journal (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/piyabutr_bunaramrueang/4/