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Monopoly and competition in British telecommunications : the past, the present, and the future

Author: J M Harper
Publisher: London ; Washington, D.C. : Pinter, 1997.
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This book is an insider's account of the major developments in the UK's telecommunications industry. The author argues that the present-day British experiment with competing public telecommunications networks is hindering, not helping, competition and the development of information highways in the UK. He makes radical proposals for a new telecommunications structure for Britain and the countries of the EU. The  Read more...
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Harper, J.M. (John M.).
Monopoly and competition in British telecommunications.
London ; Washington, D.C. : Pinter, 1997
(OCoLC)696034352
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Harper
ISBN: 1855674556 9781855674554
OCLC Number: 35249527
Description: xvi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Geoffrey Owen --
pt. I. The last days of the GPO --
pt. II. The PO Corporation --
pt. III. The suppliers and the technology --
pt. IV. The birth of BT --
pt. V. The 1980s regime --
pt. VI. The future of Europe --
Appendix 1. Patrick Jenkin's statement of 19 July 1982 --
Appendix 2. Prices and volumes --
Appendix 3. Operating performance --
Appendix 4. Chronology.
Responsibility: John Harper.

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This book is an insider's account of the major developments in the UK's telecommunications industry. The author argues that the present-day British experiment with competing public telecommunications networks is hindering, not helping, competition and the development of information highways in the UK. He makes radical proposals for a new telecommunications structure for Britain and the countries of the EU. The volume includes a detailed financial and statistical assessment of Post Office and BT performance up to the present day. It also provides first-hand accounts of the problems of managing a big utility in the stop-go economy of the 1970s, of the increasingly stormy industrial relations record in those years, and of the tortuous story underlying the System X digital exchange development programme.

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