Seminar: Telecommunications Economics

Course content

To give the participants an extended understanding of the national and global development of the ICT sectors (telecommunications, the Internet, media and IT) and an understanding of the economic relationships that are relevant for that development. Regulatory issues are part of that.


M.Sc. of Economics
The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

Headlines to be used as inspiration for decisions of the different topics for the memorandums. Suggestions from the participants are also welcome:

  • Trends and economic relationships for demand and supply in the ICT sectors (telecommunications, the Internet, media and IT).

  • Regulation – sector specific regulation and competition legislation.

  • Cost models, cost concepts and tests used in regulatory governance (LRAIC, fully allocated cost, bundle tests, predatory pricing etc.).

  • EU’s governance of the ICT sectors.

  • Universal Service Obligations.

  • Interconnection: Payment or “peering”.

  • Fixed and mobile telephony: Complementary or substitution?

  • Governance of the Internet. Network neutrality.

  • Broadband access.

  • Cable TV and OTT players.

  • Mobile telephony, wireless broadband access and roaming.

  • Mergers, acquisitions, industrial structure and globalisation.

  • Influence on society and economic growth.

  • Auctions regarding mobile licenses.

Planning/start-up meeting, research and writing process of the seminar paper, sessions with presentation of own paper and critical evaluation/feedback to another student´s paper, actively participating in discussions at class.

Before the session a "so-finalized-as-possible"-draft of the paper must be uploaded in Absalon. After the presentations, the student submit an edited version of the paper in the Digital Exam portal as the final exam paper. The aim is that students use the presentation sessions as an opportunity to receive and use the constructive feedback to improve the paper.

The syllabus for the course in Telecommunications Economics.

As introduction: See Blackman and Srivastava: “Telecommunications Regulation Handbook – Tenth Anniversary Edition!”. The World Bank and infoDev, 2011.

It is an advantage – but not a requirement - that the participants have followed the course in Telecommunications Economics.


Start-up meeting: 13.02.2017 at 15.15 – 17.00.
(Planning of who is writing about what topic, who will be opponents to which topics and when.)

Sessions (presentations): Mondays and Wednesdays from 16.05 to 17.50 in week 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 (only Wednesday), 17, 18 and 19. (In week 18 and 19 one of the sessions might be 4 hours, depending on the number of participants). Last day of session is 10.05.2017.

In each session the paper from one of the participants will be discussed. Opponents are especially preparing this, but all participants are expected to be active.

Venue will be available before the semester begins.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
- a seminar paper in English.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
- up to 20 %
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course and the objectives stated in the Curriculum.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 32
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 134
  • English
  • 206