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What Has Been Achieved in the Japanese Telecommunications Industry since 1985?

Tsuruhiko Nambu

in Governance, Regulation, and Privatization in the Asia-Pacific Region

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780226386799
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226386966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226386966.003.0014
What Has Been Achieved in the Japanese Telecommunications Industry since 1985?

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This chapter analyzes the development of the Japanese telecommunications industry since 1985, when Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT) public corporation—a natural monopoly—was privatized and competition was introduced into long-distance (i.e., interprefecture) markets. It argues that privatization with incomplete deregulation resulted in an unsatisfactory situation in Japan. In part, this is because the rate structure was left intact at the time of privatization: there was no attempt to permit competition in some parts of the system with access fees to the trunk lines, nor was there any rate rebalancing. Two commentaries are also included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: Nippon Telephone and Telegraph; privatization; competition; long-distance markets; deregulation; rate structure

Chapter.  11594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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