About this book
This study investigates regulatory reforms in the telecommunications sector of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries. It explores telecommunications innovations in three developing economies (Morocco, Jordan and Egypt), with a focus on regional and European trends in telecommunications policies. Common knowledge suggests that the European Union and its member states are the main influential regulatory power in the MENA region. However, the empirical analysis of selected telecommunications regulations: universal service obligation (USO) and spectrum management, reveals that reforms are not always determined by European countries but may also originate from other developing countries, such as Peru and Chile. This finding attests to the rise of regulatory influence from the Global South, which challenges traditional transfers of regulations originating from more industrially advanced countries.
Véronique Wavre is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Economics and Politics (SEPS), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She previously worked at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies (SSIS), University of Exeter, UK. She researches telecommunications policies and state control in the Middle East and Africa.
Policy Diffusion Telecommunications Regulation Telecommunications telecommunications regulatory reform connectivity universal service obligation spectrum management Middle East North Africa MENA Egypt Jordan Morocco Global South Policy innovation Arab Spring Censorship International Telecommunications Union