Telecommunications in Europe

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

byEli Noam

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Telecommunications represents one of the largest high technology equipment and service industries in the world. Today there is growing support within the telecommunications industry for competition domestically and in world trade which is directly at odds with its distinctive politicaltradition of monopoly provision and minimally competitive international trade practices. This raises major questions, both for emerging public policy and for theorists concerned with the making of public policy. This particularly true for Europe, the focus of this study, where the reform of thetelecommunications sector has proven one of the most vexing issues confronting the unification of the European Common Market. Noam's book is the first major attempt to address the complicated economic and policy issues of telecommunications in Europe. He provides a thorough discussion of theevolution of central telephone networks, equipment supply, new value-added networks, and new telecommunications-related services within the framework of a detailed country by country analysis. This highly accessible and comprehensive study will be of interest to students and professionals in theareas of communications, economics, and political science.

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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 ...

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Telecommunications represents one of the largest high technology equipment and service industries in the world. Today there is growing support within the telecommunications industry for competition domestically and in world trade which is directly at odds with its distinctive politicaltradition of monopoly provision and minimally compe...

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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. Television in Eu...

Eli Noam is at Columbia University; State of New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:536 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.77 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070526

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Table of Contents

I. Tradition and Change1. Public Telecommunications: A Concept in Transition2. The Establishment of the PTT System3. Network Tipping: The Rise and Fall of the Public Network Monopoly4. Forces of Centrifugalism5. Defense of the Telecommunications Monopoly6. Policy DirectionsII. The Telecommunications Systems of European Countries7. Germany8. The United Kingdom9. FranceTelecommunications in the Benelux and Alpine Countries10. The Netherlands11. Belgium12. Luxembourg13. Switzerland14. AustriaTelecommunications in Scandinavia and the North Atlantic15. Sweden16. Finland17. Norway18. Denmark19. Iceland20. IrelandTelecommunications in the Mediterranean Countries and Eastern Europe21. Italy22. Spain23. Portugal24. Israel25. Turkey26. Greece27. Telecommunications in Eastern EuropeIII. Battlefronts in Telecommunications Policy28. The International Organizations of Telecommunications29. Brussels Takes on the Traditional System30. Telecommunications Policy as Industrial Policy31. Transatlantic Trade Friction32. International Telecommunications Services33. The Economics if ISDN Integration34. The Political Economy of ISDN35. Value-Added Networks and Services36. Videotex37. Transborder Data FlowsIV. The Future of Telecommunications38. Networks in the Future39. Toward a Modular Network40. Telecommunications Liberalization: An Expansionary Process?41. Regulatory Tasks for the Future: Interconnectivity in the Pluralist Network42. The Pluralist NetworkNotesReferencesIndex

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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.

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"Encyclopaedic and highly accessible study."--Times Higher Education Supplement