Controlling Market Power in Telecommunications: Antitrust vs. Sector-Specific Regulation by Damien Gerardin, Michel Kerf
Controlling market power is a crucial issue in liberalized telecommunications market where incumbents usually remain dominant for some time after the opening of the market to competition. Controlling market power can be achieved through two distinct sets of rules and institutions: economy-wide antitrust rules and institutions, which have been in place in most industrialized countries for several decades, and infrastructure or sector-specific rules and institutions which have been specifically adopted to promote competition and control market power in telecommunications or in particular infrastructure sectors. In this context, the relationship between the two sets of rules and institutions becomes an issue of growing importance. Relying on a comparative analysis of five countries (the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Chile and Australia), the present book seeks to shed some light on how economy-wide and infrastructure or sector-specific components of the regulatory framework should be designed and on what the respective roles of such components should be to maximize the efficiency of economic regulation in telecommunications.
Damien Geradin is Professor at the University of Liège and Director of the Regulation of Network Industries Project. He is a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He is also a consultant for the Programme of Private Participation in Mediterranean Infrastructure, European Commission/World Bank, where he is in charge of promoting regulatory reforms in the telecommunications sector. He will be a visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School in the Spring 2002. Michel Kerf joined the World Bank in 1993. He has provided advice to World Bank Project Managers and to civil servants in numerous Client Countries of the World Bank Group on market structure and regulatory issues related to the private provision of infrastructure services, in particular in the telecommunications, water distribution, and electricity distribution sectors. He has been advising the World Bank Vice-President for Infrastructure and Private Sector Development since 1999.