Functional Separation: Next Step of Improving Broadband Competition?
Paper in proceedings, 2009
The issue of functional separation is being debated as a new proposal for
telecommunications regulatory framework in the EU. Although this issue has been discussed and
implemented in many countries, each country may not have the same procedure and outcome.
This paper will therefore provide theoretical considerations of functional separation by starting from
the idea of vertical integration. Pros and cons of implementing functional separation will also be
provided. The paper will present the evolution and development in the Swedish market, in particular
discussion during the legislative process of proposing mandatory functional separation as one of
the powers of the Swedish telecommunications regulator. The paper concludes with a discussion of
the implementation of functional separation in general and in the Swedish broadband market, with
implications for other countries.