World Telecommunications Economics

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  • Year: 1999

  • Format: Hardback

  • Product Code: PBTE0410

  • ISBN: 978-0-85296-936-6

  • Pagination: 512pp.

  • Stock Status: In stock

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Scope: Telecommunications is becoming an increasingly services and quality led industry. This book introduces the telecommunications manager, engineer, administrator and regulator to the concepts of economics in the context of this rapidly changing field. Taking an international perspective, coverage includes principles of economics and their relationship with engineering and technology; critical trends; telecomms technology; industry economics; telecomms economy; demand; costing; pricing; regulation and performance. With a strategic outlook, this is an essential book for all telecommunications professionals, as well as those studying to enter this industry.

Book review

"...a well-written and informative book that covers a broad range of interesting topics in the area of telecommunications economics .... I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a ... interest not only in telecommunications economics but also in telecommunications in general." The Business Economist, Vol. 30, No. 3, 1999.

"....the book provides an excellent introductory course in telecommunication economics and policy. It can also be recommended for the..regulator, or public policy advocate..trying to rapidly grasp the intricacies of economics and regulation and apply them to the telecommunication sector." Telecommunications Policy, March 2000

Book readership

Telecommunications managers and engineers; industry and business students (communications, electrical/electronic engineering) and researchers.


Professional; graduate; reference.

Book contents

1: Introduction; 2: Telecommunications technology; 3: The world telecommunications economy; 4: The structure of demand; 5: The economics of supply; 6: Market structure and dynamics; 7: Cost structures in telecommunications operations; 8: Welfare economics; 9: Telecommunications service prices; 10: Industrial structure and ownership; 11: Forward planning; 12: Telecommunications policy and regulation; 13: Practical problems with regulation; 14: Universal service concepts; 15: Performance measures; 16: Econometric modelling; 17: International telecommunications economics; 18: Strategic issues for suppliers and operators; 19: Diversification into less developed countries; Index.


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