Privatisation, Liberalisation and the Portuguese Telecommunications Sector: a Social Cost-benefit Analysis

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Maria de Lurdes Martins (Universidade do Minho)
Natália Maria Monteiro (Universidade do Minho)

Date: July 2006

Summary: The Portuguese Telecommunications industry has experienced overwhelming changes in the last two decades. In this paper we summarise the main economic indicators of the Portuguese Telecommunications industry, and report a social cost-benefit analysis of the privatisation and liberalisation of the Portuguese Telecommunications sector between 1993 and 2004. Our results show that all agents benefited from the reforms, in particular the government and consumers from international and mobile segments. International customers may have benefited from price ?rebalancing? schemes and mobile consumers were benefiting from increased competition. Net efficiency gains seem to have ranged from 6% (in the strong-pro public scenario) to 32% of annual total PT?s wireline and mobile revenues (in the strong pro-privatisation scenario).
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