Reviewing Regulatory Policy for Broadband in Turkey

More than ten years after the liberalization of the telecommunications industry, Turkey still has the least penetrated and the least competitive broadband market in Europe. In a recently published article Şahin Ardıyokand Emin Köksal investigate this poor performance of the Turkish broadband market through a comprehensive analysis.

The authors specifically emphasize institutional limitations of promoting service-based competition. They discuss the compatibility of the regulatory policies and strategies based on service-based competition in Turkey. In particular, they analyze political, regulatory and institutional limitations to promote service-based competition through the implementation ladder of investment approach, which relies on offering a gradual level of access to the incumbent’s facility. According to them, almost a decade has passed with mere attempts to open incumbent’s infrastructure for the alternative internet service providers without a sound regulatory environment. They conclude that broadband policy to institute service-based competition has not only failed but also delayed facility-based competition.

However, as the authors point out, recent developments in the Turkish broadband market indicate an emerging facility-based competition through next generation access networks which relies on building entrant’s own network.  Ardıyok and Köksal deeply analyze the prospect of such a facility based competition mentioning its limits and potential. After a comprehensive analysis of market conditions and regulatory policies, the authors specifically indicate factors and policies that may stimulate facility-based.

The reference of the article is given below and the full-text is available at the following link:

Köksal, E., & Ardıyok, S. (2015). Reviewing regulatory policy for broadband in Turkey: The failure of service-based competition and the prospect of facility-based competition. Competition and Regulation in Network Industries16(4), 354–377.

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