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The 'No Regulations' Telco Market

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An interesting article in Communications Day on Tuesday (28Mar06), on the worlds most regulation free telecommunications market. According to columnist Geoff Long, the most laissez faire telco market is – Somalia.

“When there was a government, Somali had about 17,000 fixed lines. By 2004 under an “anything goes” regime, it had 112,000 fixed lines and 50,000 mobile subscribers, prompting Abdigani Jama, the secretary-general of the Dubai-based and ITU-backed Somali Telecom Association, to suggest that the lack of government red tape was responsible.

Without a government, there’s nobody to say who can or cannot setup a phone company, and there’s nobody to demand which technology they can or cannot use. It apparently takes only three days to get a phone line, compared with months and even years in neighbouring countries, Internet cafes are sprouting up everywhere and as the CIA acknowledges, it has the lowest call costs in all of Africa. ”.

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March 29, 2006 at 5:21 pm

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