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Critical Analysis of Telecommunications Regulatory Governance in Malawi

Critical Analysis of Telecommunications Regulatory Governance in Malawi
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Author(s): Frank Makoza (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 19
Source title: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Networking (IJITN)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Michael R. Bartolacci (Pennsylvania State University-Berks, USA) and Steven R. Powell (California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJITN.2021010105

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Abstract

This paper presents a critical analysis of power dynamics for telecommunications governance in the context of a developing country. The study used regulatory governance and critical discourse analysis as theoretical underpinnings. The case of telecommunications sector of Malawi was analysed using secondary data comprise policy documents and media reports. The results showed that power relations affected the autonomy of the telecommunications regulator in performing its functions. The effects of power dynamics created practices and conduct of stakeholders that contributed towards the barriers in market entry of mobile network operators in the telecommunications sector. Consequently, there was limited market competition and the cost of ICT services remained high. Power relations were also productive in enabling stakeholders to raise sector problems to the regulator. The study provides an understanding of power relations in the regulation of telecommunications in the context of an African country.

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