Do Open Access wireless networks threaten competition and investment?
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- Solutions or Strategies
- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
Challenge and enabler: While mandatory open access interventions have failed, voluntary commercial open access models have
contributed more effectively and efficiently to national objectives of network extension and wholesale cost
reductions. Both commercial open access international undersea cable companies and terrestrial fibre
companies challenged closed, incumbent networks by making investments on an open access basis and strongly
contributing to the extension of broadband networks. Solutions: OA should only be introduced where markets are
highly concentrated and there is evidence of abuse of dominance; Current regulations that restrict spectrum sharing,
trading and shared use should be revised to enable commercial correction of incorrect spectrum valuation.
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