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Thailand and Its Shortcut towards General Competition in Telecommunications Industry
The 2007 ALIN International Academic Conference (2007)
  • piyabutr bunaramrueang, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
It is commonly known that telecommunications industry requires a specific set of regulations in dealing with its own critical issues, particularly of asymmetric regulation in its context of natural monopoly. Today in the digital age, telecommunications industry is transitioning towards general competition meaning that the specific conditions are fading out; specific rules are becoming unnecessary. The United States and the European Union have provided the most advanced examples in this area which have being developed for more than a century. Nonetheless, each country has its own conditions and specific requirements. For examples, 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. However, both were dealing with the similar issue of natural monopoly by asymmetric regulations and then have been deregulating toward general competition in the level playing field. In case of Thailand, there has been a market reform of the industry. Although Thailand has less experience in competitive market, its situation is well-positioned for general competition because asymmetric regulations are not necessary for the today industry. Operators need not to have specific condition to deal with the powerful incumbent as in the US and the EU. Actually, they all have virtually competed and experienced in the level playing field for quite a while.
  • Telecommunications,
  • Regulation,
  • Interconnection,
  • Competition,
  • Thailand
Publication Date
December 6, 2007
Citation Information
piyabutr bunaramrueang. "Thailand and Its Shortcut towards General Competition in Telecommunications Industry" The 2007 ALIN International Academic Conference (2007)
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