Journal Article

THE DIFFERENT ROLE OF MANDATORY ACCESS IN GERMAN REGULATION OF RAILROADS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Günter Knieps

in Journal of Competition Law & Economics

Volume 2, issue 1, pages 149-158
Published in print March 2006 | ISSN: 1744-6414
Published online February 2006 | e-ISSN: 1744-6422 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/joclec/nhl004
THE DIFFERENT ROLE OF MANDATORY ACCESS IN GERMAN REGULATION OF RAILROADS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Network services can be provided efficiently in competitive markets, if non-discriminatory access to the complementary infrastructure capacities is guaranteed. The sector-symmetric application of the disaggregated regulatory approach to railways and telecommunications reveals the different role of mandatory access. Whereas in telecommunications only the local loop may create a remaining regulatory problem, mandatory access has to be guaranteed with respect to the railway infrastructure as a whole. In spite of the large phasing-out potentials of sector-specific regulation in telecommunications, this sector is still under the burden of over-regulation. In contrast, in the railway sector mandatory access has been introduced only recently.

Journal Article.  3499 words. 

Subjects: Competition Law ; Economics

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