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Reforming Rules and RegulationsLaws, Institutions, and Implementation$
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Vivek Ghosal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014687

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014687.001.0001

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How Vital Is Regulatory Independence? The Telecom Sector in Developing Countries

How Vital Is Regulatory Independence? The Telecom Sector in Developing Countries

(p.161) 7 How Vital Is Regulatory Independence? The Telecom Sector in Developing Countries
Reforming Rules and Regulations

Pradeep S Mehta

Siddhartha Mitra

Udai S Mehta

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the effects of regulatory independence on ultimate outcomes such as investment, physical capacity, and facilities for consumers. It focuses on the telecom sector, specifically case studies of three countries that have undergone major changes in regulatory independence in the recent years—India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 7.2 discusses the evolution of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and identifies the circumstances leading to its independence. Section 7.3 considers the effects of TRAI's independence on the telecommunication sector's performance. Section 7.4 reviews the relationship between regulatory independence and performance in the telecom sectors of Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and South Africa, and Section 7.5 concludes.

Keywords:   regulation, regulatory action, telecommunications industry, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka

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