Telecommunications in Europe

Telecommunications in Europe

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Noam's book is the first major attempt to address the complicated economic and public policy issues of telecommunications in Europe. He provides a thorough discussion of the evolution of central telephone networks, equipment supply, new value-added networks, and new telecommunications-related services in a detailed country-by-country more

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  • Hardback | 536 pages
  • 165.4 x 241.6 x 45.5mm | 1,045.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures
  • 0195070526
  • 9780195070521

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'a remarkable survey of telecommunications policy and regulation in Europe ... This book will be essential reading ... this book is more than the sum of its parts and will be of enormous value to those involved in study, practice or policy-making for European telecommunications.' Colin Scott, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Competition Law Review, 15:1 (1994) `encyclopaedic and highly accessible study' Financial Times Business Books, November 1993 `encyclopaedic and highly accessible study' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Eli Noam has made an interesting and useful contribution to the European Community's telecommunications review process.' Richard A. Cawley, Telecommunications Policy, April 1993show more

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Telecommunications have become the information highways of an increasingly service-based economy. With the acceleration of changes in technology and applications, they have begun to transform the traditional system of monopoly and its PTT administrations, giant institutions that have received little academic attention. This book, like its companion volume, Television in Europe, deals with the rise and decline of powerful monopolies in the telecommunications field, and dramatic changes that began to take place in the late 1980s. This book is the first comprehensive attempt to address the complicated economic and policy issues of European telecommunications. It describes the historical context in which national state-owned telecommunications monopolies emerged throughout Europe, explores the dynamics of change, and analyzes the forces which continue to transform the traditional PTT system. The discussion covers equipment supply, emerging value-added networks, and new telecommunications-related services within the framework of a detailed country-by-country analysis. It also explores over-arching issues which present special dilemmas for a Europe embarked on economic unification. This highly accessible and comprehensive study will be of interest to students and professionals in the areas of communications, economics, regulatory law, telecommunications engineering, media, and political more