The Impacts of Bypassing Activities on Telecommunications Regulatory Regime and Market Structure in Taiwan


Chung-Chuan Yang


Competition in telecommunications marketplace has emerged with various forms. As different telecommunications networks con verge to form a seamless communication network, the same communication contents can be delivered through a variety of conduits. This convergence trend will have tremendous impacts on telecommunications regulatory regime in Taiwan. The characteristics of Taiwan’s tele communications networks will need to be adjusted accordingly in order to encourage further developments in the communication infra structure. This research focuses on an important, but rarely explored, issue that can contribute to a healthy telecommunications market place in Taiwan.

The purposes of this research are aimed to investigate 1) the impacts of the convergence of telecommunications media and accompanying bypassing activities on a liberalized telecommunications marketplace in Taiwan; 2) redefinition of “bypassing” in a gradually converging telecommunication landscape; 3) design and implementation of technology-neutral and pro-competitive mechanisms to regulate bypassing behavior of telecommunications service providers.

The advent of bypassing activities on future telecommunications marketplace is likely to challenge how previous regulatory regime will operate. As regulation is intended to ensure fair market competition, bypassing activities, without properly regulated, are likely to affect not only telecommunications service providers, but also ordinary users of telecommunications services. This research will contribute to the understanding of bypassing activities in the age of telecommunications media convergence.