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Partnerships and Convergence in Telecom

Varadharajan Sridhar

in The Telecom Revolution in India

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075530
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081042 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075530.003.0010
Partnerships and Convergence in Telecom

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This chapter reviews the partnerships in the telecom industry. It also investigates the ‘convergence’ paradigm in telecommunications and its implications for consumers, telephone companies, service providers, and for policymakers and regulators. The concept of convergence in communications and its impact on the evolution of the industry and the associated regulations are addressed. The number of partnerships in the recent years has increased with economies of scale and scope and technology control being the primary motivations. Regulations play a big role in facilitating partnerships, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. However, there are many regulatory bottlenecks in India for the partnerships amongst firms to succeed. It has been argued by many researchers that there is positive association between telecom penetration and economic development. The research shows that one of the primary factors driving the exponential growth of mobile services in India is competition.

Keywords: telecom industry; partnerships; convergence; regulations; India; competition; telephone companies; service providers

Chapter.  5099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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