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Issues in the EU telecommunications market

A high-level overview of market-entry issues in the EU telecommunications market is required by the European Commission, DG XIII, which has issued an invitation to tender.

Contractors would be required to provide an analytical and quantitative study with a view to proposing policy areas central to developing a single market in communications.

The study would identify any areas where the objectives of liberalisation have not been fully met, analysing the causes, and where appropriate suggesting how the EU regulatory framework could be improved. Comparison with other liberalised markets, in particular the US, will be required.

Importantly the study should pay attention to how the regulatory framework has been implemented in Member States with particular reference to cross-border activity within the EU.

Technical and administrative factors affecting market entry in Member States should be addressed, including the overall regulatory environment, the role of the national regulatory authority, procedures for obtaining licences or authorisations, the terms and conditions of interconnection, licence conditions, numbering, rights of way, collocation and universal service obligations. The terminal equipment market is not within the scope of the study.

Existing published material in this area should be addressed in the report, in particular the fourth implementation report published by the Commission in November 1998 and the fifth implementation report due for publication in November 1999.

Furthermore, the study should investigate the ways in which entry conditions manifest themselves in terms of the number of players active in the market, their actual investment and the product and services they provide. Differences between the regulatory and market environments in Member States and the implications for the achievement of EU policy objectives should be considered.

The analytical model and its empirical data should be easily understood and be capable of forming the basis for policy recommendations. The results of the study should be forward-looking and therefore need to consider new market developments and policy initiatives, notably convergence.
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