Network Interconnection

Robert W. Crandall

in Telecommunications Development in Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099029
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207486 | DOI:
Network Interconnection

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This chapter describes the setting in which network interconnection must take place: a market comprised of a regulated monopoly which is being opened to competition. It then turns to delineating the various types of interconnection required, sometimes described as being divided into various types of “one-way” and “two-way” interconnection. It also explains the economist's approach to determining “efficient” interconnection rates and whether such rates can emerge from unregulated markets. It concludes with a guide to how regulators might proceed to establish simple, straightforward interconnection regimes that promote economic efficiency and competition in a “second best” manner, given the distortions created by regulation and the clumsiness of the regulatory process.

Keywords: network interconnection; competition; interconnection; interconnection rates; interconnection regimes; economic efficiency

Chapter.  8476 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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