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The telecommunications sector in the Pacific: a regulatory policy survey

'Ofa, Siope Vakataki (2008): The telecommunications sector in the Pacific: a regulatory policy survey. Published in: Pacific Economic Bulletin , Vol. 23, No. 3 (2008): pp. 69-100.

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Abstract

Is there cross-country policy convergence on telecommunications regulatory reform in Pacific island states? This paper analyses regulatory reforms in five Pacific island countries: Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea. It finds that the countries with better telecommunications performance adopted similar regulatory policies, including those relating to privatisation, universal-service provision, competition, arbitration and consumer protection. The results confirm the significance of implementing key regulatory policies on the performance of the telecommunications sector in the context of small island developing states.

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