The Recent PRC Telco Reform and its Implications to the PRC Telco Market

Macquarie University
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Macquarie Journal of Business Law, 2008, 5 pp. 309 - 327
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PRCâs telecommunications industry has been through a number of major reforms in the past two decades, which included two main regulatory restructurings and three significant market reshuffles. As a result, the PRC Telco industry has developed by an astonishingly fast speed. In May this year, the PRC State Council initiated a biggest ever Telco reform in both regulatory framework and the market place. This reform has created a super power Telco regulator and three giant SOEs market players. Against this background, this paper discusses the recent reform in detail in line with the various reforms in the past and argues that - although the current reform is likely to bring in some positive impacts on both regulatory framework and market operation, these impacts would be limited. To achieve an aimed competitive market in Telco industry, PRC needs to continue its reforms a step further by creating a better regulatory independence and introducing private forces into its current SOEs dominated market place.
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