A lot of countries are interested in having telecom operators share infrastructure. Some are concerned that capital costs are a barrier to competition. Others believe that sharing might result in lower prices. What are the real effects of sharing? Why is it that some operators willingly share infrastructure, but others do not?
I talked with Dr. Scott Wallsten and Dr. Johannes Bauer about this very issue as part of Next Practices Live. Scott is President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He was the economics director for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, served as an economist for The World Bank, and as a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Johannes is Professor and Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University. He is a frequent contributor to PURC training programs and internationally known as a leading scholar in telecommunications policy and regulation.
This is the second of two Next Practices Live sessions on infrastructure sharing. The first featured regulators that are developing or implementing sharing regulations. You can view that here.