Seminar: Telecommunications Economics

Course content

Purpose:

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.

Education

MSc programme in 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.

  • Trends on the TV market: linear TV, streaming etc.

  • 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.

Schedule:

• Kick-off meeting: February 7, 2018, 15.15-17.15.
• Deadline of submitting commitment paper: March 1, 2018.
• Upload of the pre-paper to Absalon: To be announced
• Workshops/presentations: In May 2018.

The specific plan will be made at the kick-off meeting, when the number of participants is known.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
- a seminar paper in English that meets the formal requirements for written papers stated in the curriculum and at KUNet for seminars.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
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Criteria for exam assessment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the seminar and the objectives stated in the Curriculum.

To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.

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