A 5-day training seminar on important current issues related to competition in the telecommunications sector; comprised of a combination of lectures/presentations, case studies, group workshops and facilitator-led discussions.
• Provide a better understanding of the increasingly important role of competition law principles in the regulation of telecommunications • Provide a background for competition policy in telecom regulation • Review types of anti-competitive behavior and remedies • Explore competition guidelines/safeguards best practices • Consider what cannot be left to competition
Who Should Attend?
• Telecom regulators • Telecom operators (incumbents and challengers) • Telecom policy-makers, law firms, consultants and other interested parties
Introduction: Setting the stage
The economic theory of competition
Approaches to regulation
• Economic regulation or competition • Regulatory forbearance • The respective roles of ex-ante and ex-post regulation
Types of competition in telecom markets
• Perfect competition • Effective competition • Market competition • Sustainable competition • The real telecommunications world
Market entry strategies to increase competition
Fundamental competition law concepts in telecom
• Monopoly power • Substitution • Market power • Market definition/relevant market • SSNIP/hypothetical monopolist test • Geographic market • Defining the relevant product market • Barriers to entry • Bright line tests • Competitive constraints and defence
• Detailed case study – TRA guidelines • The comparative study – Singapore IDA guidelines on predatory pricing • Proving and defending the abuse of dominance and anti-competitive conduct • The “Turf War” • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures o Overview o The role of regulation o Horizontal mergers o Vertical mergers o Joint ventures
• The “Turf War” • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures o Overview o The role of regulation o Horizontal mergers o Vertical mergers o Joint ventures • Case study – Acquisition of BellSouth Chile by TEM
What cannot be left up to competition/market forces