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Getting Caught in the Loop: an Analysis of the Deregulation of Fixed Line Telecommunications in the E.U.

Rudden, Maria (2002) Getting Caught in the Loop: an Analysis of the Deregulation of Fixed Line Telecommunications in the E.U. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

In this body of work I want to exam the deregulation of the fixed telecommunications industry in Europe. In Ireland only 43 of the 84 awarded licenses are presently in operation. 20% of the market share belongs to new entrants. Although the monopoly has been removed the incumbent, eircom, at 80% of market share is large enough to exert substantial influence.
There are many suggested reasons as to why deregulation has had little impact: consumer apathy, perceived difficulty, eircom's pricing restructure, the delay in Local Loop Unbundling. In this research I intend to investigate the effect of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) on deregulation. The LLU, also known as the last mile, is the physical fixed telephony system. It is still under the full ownership of eircom. This means that the new entrants must pay a fee to eircom each time their customer makes a call, this is known as the interconnect fee. There has already been court action between the interested parties at the price of these tariffs. The new entrants believe eircom are abusing their firms dominant position. eircom argue they are merely covering their costs. The Office of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation (ODTR) is the referee. The regulator- Etain Doyle- has to approve all tariffs. The competitors believe that when they have free access to this network they will be better able to compete on price, service and innovation. At present they believe they are at the mercy of the incumbent operator. However at this point we must look at the situation in other countries such as Germany and Austria. From the very inception of deregulation the local loop has been totally unbundled. Has LLU been successful for them?

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Trade Regulation > Deregulation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Telecommunications Industry
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > European Union
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 10:18
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2012 14:08
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/309

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