Policy Viewpoints

Towards More Efficient Telecommunications Services in Egypt

Publication Number: ECES-PVP2-E&A

January, 1998

Author : Ahmed Galal

Type : Policy Viewpoints

There is a general consensus that efficient and universal telecommunications services are critical for growing economies. Yet there is no such consensus among policymakers on how to achieve this objective. Countries such as Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Malaysia have opted for competition, the regulation of pricing and interconnection, and private ownership. But the majority of developing countries still rely on state ownership, combined with exclusive licensing and bureaucratic arrangements for setting prices and resolving conflicts.