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Internet telephony and the international accounting rate system

Internet telephony and the international accounting rate system
Internet telephony and the international accounting rate system
This paper attempts to provide an economic framework for assessing why and how Internet telephony may affect the international accounting rate system in particular, and communication over circuit switched networks in general. It reviews the regulatory treatment of Internet telephony, and compares the costs and prices of making international calls over the Internet and the public switched telephone network (PSTN). It argues that Internet telephony is unlikely to prove central to the downfall of the international system; other technologies, such as resale, will play a larger role. The paper also suggests a general framework in which to analyse competition between networks (such as the Internet and the PSTN). This framework indicates that differences in the preferences of end users for congestion will drive networks to specialise.
telephone accounting systems, internet, cost accounting, international trade, economics, switching networks, technology, competition, internet telephony, international accounting rate system, public switched telephone network
0308-5961
931-944
Mason, Robin
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Mason, Robin
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Mason, Robin (1998) Internet telephony and the international accounting rate system. Telecommunications Policy, 22 (11), 931-944. (doi:10.1016/S0308-5961(98)00060-3).

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This paper attempts to provide an economic framework for assessing why and how Internet telephony may affect the international accounting rate system in particular, and communication over circuit switched networks in general. It reviews the regulatory treatment of Internet telephony, and compares the costs and prices of making international calls over the Internet and the public switched telephone network (PSTN). It argues that Internet telephony is unlikely to prove central to the downfall of the international system; other technologies, such as resale, will play a larger role. The paper also suggests a general framework in which to analyse competition between networks (such as the Internet and the PSTN). This framework indicates that differences in the preferences of end users for congestion will drive networks to specialise.

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Published date: December 1998
Keywords: telephone accounting systems, internet, cost accounting, international trade, economics, switching networks, technology, competition, internet telephony, international accounting rate system, public switched telephone network

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Local EPrints ID: 33436
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33436
ISSN: 0308-5961
PURE UUID: fa741ed3-09c5-4032-bee0-7cf7c9e8b133

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Date deposited: 13 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:52

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