Regulation and the Evolution of the Global Telecommunications Industry
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Regulation and the Evolution of the Global Telecommunications Industry

Edited by Anastassios Gentzoglanis and Anders Henten

After decades of liberalization of the telecommunications industry around the world and technological convergence that allows for increasing competition, sector-specific regulation of telecommunications has been on the decline. As a result, the telecommunications industry stands in the middle of a debate that calls for either a total deregulation of access to broadband infrastructures or a separation of infrastructure from service delivery. This book proposes new approaches to dealing with the current and future issues of regulation of telecommunication markets on both a regional and a global scale.
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Chapter 14: Next Generation Mobile Networks Deployment and Regulation in the European Union

Claudio Feijóo, Sergio Ramos and José-Luis Gómez-Barroso


1 Claudio Feijóo, Sergio Ramos and José-Luis Gómez-Barroso 14.1 INTRODUCTION The ubiquitous broadband revolution will fundamentally change the landscape of European telecommunications. Citing European Commissioner Reding (2008): ‘we are currently confronted with a once in a generation opportunity to make sure that Europe promotes and leads the next phase of wireless technology which will be the transition from voice and short text services to the wireless web’. Today mobile telecommunications are a major driver of the European Union (EU) economy, with expected market growth by 2.4 percent in 2009 to reach an overall value of €144.5 billion. Mobile data traffic, including text messages and Internet access, contributes for €33 billion of the total turnover in mobile telecommunications and most of the growth, 8.4 percent (EITO, 2009). The so-called next generation networks (NGNs) will be the supporting infrastructure of ubiquitous broadband. They are typically defined as multiservice networks, running over Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks, complemented by flexible service platforms and management systems.2 In particular they will be able to make use of multiple broadband, quality of service (QoS)-enabled transport technologies and in which service-related functions are independent from underlying transport technologies. They will also offer access by users to different service providers and support generalized mobility which will allow consistent and ubiquitous provision of services to users (Kocan et al., 2002; Modarressi and Mohan, 2000). For the purposes of this chapter, an NGN will be simply a single network which delivers multiple applications – voice, data and...

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