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Regulation and Reform in Telecommunications

  • Karen Andreasyan
Part of the Euro-Asian Studies book series (EAS)

Abstract

One of the sectors that has been the object of a drastic programme of reform and has given rise to a huge amount of new legislation in each of the South Caucasian states is telecommunications. The following comparative analysis of legal reform in the telecommunications sector shows that the quality of the reforms implemented can have an important influence on the growth and development of a particular sector. The painful failure of Armenian telecommunications reforms demonstrates that unreasonable policies and regulations can seriously harm the sector in question and can have a very negative impact on the overall economy of the state. Although the laws and legal practices in existence in each of the South Caucasian states are far from ideal, the experience of Georgian telecommunications reform suggests that, if well-structured policies are introduced in a proper fashion, legal mechanisms do work in the region. And they yield positive results, as evidenced by the significant growth in the telecommunications sector in Georgia.1

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