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The Telecom Revolution in IndiaTechnology, Regulation, and Policy$
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Varadharajan Sridhar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075530.001.0001

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Partnerships and Convergence in Telecom

Partnerships and Convergence in Telecom

An Evolving Story

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(p.276) 10 Partnerships and Convergence in Telecom
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The Telecom Revolution in India
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Varadharajan Sridhar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075530.003.0010

This chapter reviews the partnerships in the telecom industry. It also investigates the ‘convergence’ paradigm in telecommunications and its implications for consumers, telephone companies, service providers, and for policymakers and regulators. The concept of convergence in communications and its impact on the evolution of the industry and the associated regulations are addressed. The number of partnerships in the recent years has increased with economies of scale and scope and technology control being the primary motivations. Regulations play a big role in facilitating partnerships, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. However, there are many regulatory bottlenecks in India for the partnerships amongst firms to succeed. It has been argued by many researchers that there is positive association between telecom penetration and economic development. The research shows that one of the primary factors driving the exponential growth of mobile services in India is competition.

Keywords:   telecom industry, partnerships, convergence, regulations, India, competition, telephone companies, service providers

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