2.3.4 Key points and recommendations
- Telecom markets are developing from single service monopoly markets to become multi-service competitive markets. This makes the regulation of pricing both more complicated and less important. However, it may still be necessary to ensure transparency of pricing schemes and maintain other consumer protective measures, even in competitive markets. Regulation of price charges for local loop services may still be necessary, as competition in provisioning of the local loop infrastructure will also be limited in the future.
- The introduction of mobile services in particular has led to the introduction of new pricing schemes, such as receiving party pays and prepaid services. Variations in pricing schemes can be an advantage to consumers and may stimulate growth in penetration. However, they also make markets less transparent. Regulators can play an active role in providing comparable pricing information on different pricing schemes.
- Regulation based on cost-based pricing is complicated by the fact that the same services can be offered through the use of different types of infrastructures having different cost profiles.
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