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Review of the telecommunications services sector

A report on the telecommunications services sector, adopted by the Commission on 21 October 1992 (SEC(92) 1048 of 21.10.1992), finds that, although progress has been made, there are still problems which are impeding the completion of the internal market in the telecommunicatio...
A report on the telecommunications services sector, adopted by the Commission on 21 October 1992 (SEC(92) 1048 of 21.10.1992), finds that, although progress has been made, there are still problems which are impeding the completion of the internal market in the telecommunications sector, hindering its proper cohesion and restricting its potential growth. The report discusses these problems and proposes four options to deal with the situation:

- (1) Freezing the liberalization process;
- (2) Adopting an extensive body of rules on tariffs and investments;
- (3) Liberalizing all voice telephony;
- (4) Opening up voice telephony competition between the Member States.

Option (1) is likely to favour the growth of the US and Japanese players while option (2) would involve substantial regulation. The third and fourth options would both represent substantial progress but option (3) goes against the Commission's approach to open up competition gradually in this sector, hence, at present, the Commission is favouring option (4).

Consultations are to be held with all interested parties on these options, as well as on an appropriate time scale for implementation, maintenance and expansion of universal access and other considerations of Community policy.

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