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The contribution of the mobile industry to economic development in Romania

Williams, H.P. and Bonciu, Florin (2006) The contribution of the mobile industry to economic development in Romania. Info: The Journal of Policy, Regulation and Strategy for Telecommunications, 8 (5). pp. 37-55. ISSN 1463-6697

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The purpose of this paper is to review the ways in which the regulation of the telecommunications sector has contributed to the economic development of the Romanian economy (as an example of a transition economy). The paper highlights the significant role that has been played by the mobile sector in terms of providing basic telephony services and in developing innovative services. The paper links the growth in the SME sector to the growth in the provision of mobile services. The paper also discusses the issue of a failed incumbent operator and how delays in embracing tariff reform in an increasing competitive environment have hindered the ability of the incumbent to compete and reform its activities.