levering open the local loop: shaping BT for broadband competition
The market dominance of incumbent operators has long bedevilled regulators' efforts to unbundle the local loop. The difficulty of agreeing access conditions and pricing models for new entrants has arguably allowed these incumbents to 'milk their sunk base' when they should have been investing in innovation. With the dawn of broadband, free and fair access to the local loop has become a political imperative in many countries. UK incumbent BT has already proposed to restructure itself into six new business units. But first the company must learn how to run the network independently of its supporting information systems.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-06-01