IK2214 Telecom Policies and Regulatory Principles 7.5 credits
Policy och regleringsprinciper för telekommunikation
The global telecommunication policies and legal frameworks have changed more during the last 15 years than for many decades. The previous situation with one telecommunication company in each country, essentially a monopoly irregardless if privately held or a government agency, has been gradually changed worldwide to more of an open market with several players in every country. This has been a gradual process with many political and economical considerations. The origin goes all the way back to 18th and early 19th optical telegraph networks and the mid 19th century electrical telegraph networks.
The course intends to provide an introductory overview of the development to understand the origins and complexity of the issues in the area of telecommunication policy and regulations, including the early international treaties involving cross border plants and the use of them, up to today’s debate over how basic infrastructure must be shared, spectrum allocated and general competition issues being an ever increasing mechanism to govern the market. Besides sector specific regulation principles, the course will also cover the general principles in competition law that increasingly will be applied and predicted to dominate the regulatory discussion in a not so distant future.
The course will include seminars with people involved in the Swedish liberalisation process of the last decade, illustrating the ambiguity that business leaders and policy makers live with in times of change.