nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2008‒05‒05
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Mobile Service Affordability for the Needy, Addiction, and ICT Policy Implications By Pau, L-F.
  2. Important Concepts in Iranian Electronic Commerce Law By Zar Rokh, Ehsan
  3. Türk Mobil Telekomünikasyon Hizmetlerinde Yeni Firmalarin Piyasaya Girisi ve Regülasyon Sorunlari By Mehmet Karaçuka; Recep Kök

  1. By: Pau, L-F. (Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), RSM Erasmus University)
    Abstract: This paper links communications and media usage to social and household economics boundaries. It highlights that in present day society, communications and media are a necessity, but not always affordable, and that they furthermore open up for addictive behaviours which raise additional financial and social risks. A simple and efficient methodology compatible with state-of-the-art social and communications business statistics is developed, which produces the residual communications and media affordability budget and ultimately the value-at-risk in terms of usage and tariffs. Sensitivity analysis provides precious information on communications and media adoption on the basis of affordability. Case data are surveyed from various countries. ICT policy recommendations are made to support widespread and responsible communications access.
    Keywords: mobile service;communications affordability;ICT policy;addiction
    Date: 2008–04–25
  2. By: Zar Rokh, Ehsan
    Abstract: The recently (2003) Iranian legislator authorize act about Electronic commerce in Iran and this Law consists of a set of rules and principles to be applied for easy and secure communication of information in electronic intermediaries using state of the art communication systems. Legislator state many phrase in this act that they don't exist before it. So I going to discussing about these terms such as electronic signature, secure electronic record, Means of Telecommunication, Certification Service Provider, Marketing, Data Protection, Trade Secrets & Trade Names, Fraud with computer, Forgery with computer. In this paper I review and criticize this law and its executive by-law and state it's Contradiction with Islamic laws (SHARIA) and then I offer solution for its problems.
    Keywords: electronic commerce; Contradiction; criticize; Iranian
    JEL: K2
    Date: 2007–08–14
  3. By: Mehmet Karaçuka (Department of Economics, Ege University); Recep Kök (Department of Economics, Dokuz Eylul University)
    Abstract: (This Paper is in Turkish) Services that are based on telecommunication networks, which are crucial infrastructural elements of the information societies, have been gaining increasing attention as composing higher shares within the economies. However, economies of scale in the supply side and network effects in the demand side prevent these markets to be perfectly competitive, and to reach social welfare maximizing equilibria; therefore making regulation a crucial instrument. Turkish mobile telecommunication services form the most competitive segment of overall telecommunication services in Turkey, where the competition process is dysfunctional in the fixed line services. Literature on network industries points out that incumbent firms may prevent new entrants’ competition via network effects and access/ interconnection charges. Our study emphasizes the importance of ex-ante regulation by analysing the strategic interaction among the entrant and incumbent firms in Turkish mobile telecommunications, as well as regulation problems.
    Keywords: Network effects, Competition in telecommunication markets, Regulation, Turkish mobile telecommunication markets, Sebeke etkileri, Telekomünikasyon piyasalarinda rekabet, Regülasyon, Türk mobil telekomünikasyon piyasalari
    Date: 2008–04

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