Elsewhere

Thus this solution. Some 70 odd countries have this already, it’s not one of the things that is hugely difficult to do. People get to keep their number when they switch network. That’s what this deal between BTRC and Infozillion is about, running the system which allows that.
I wouldn’t want anyone to go into an economics exam and use this as a direct example of ordoliberalism but it does rather neatly capture the basic concept. No one is saying that you must use this or that company, no one is demanding that privileges accrue to any particular supplier. What we are doing is changing one of the rules of the marketplace to make that market more efficient.
Once we’ve done that we’re not going to interfere at all. You want to take your number with you, you can. You don’t then don’t use the service. You don’t want to switch supplier, that’s fine, all we’ve done is make it easier for you to do so.
Some things the government must do, some things it is useful if it does.

3 comments on “Elsewhere

  1. ‘I wouldn’t want anyone to go into an economics exam and use this as a direct example of ordoliberalism’

    Why not? Sounds like you’re admitting that no, actually this isn’t a valid example.

    If that is so, why couldn’t you use an example that was valid.

  2. ‘the government can usefully intervene in the structures of markets to make them more efficient. The trick is to do that and only that then leave well alone.’

    Or they can intervene to help their campaign donors.

    ‘It works too, Germany is one of the richest countries in the world.’

    Big sample of ONE, Timmer.

    ‘The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has just approved a contract to Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium Ltd, which is a bit of a mouthful if we’re honest, but the underlying idea is just great. For it allows the portability of mobile telephone numbers.’

    ‘Commission . . . approved’ is NOT government action, it is government approval of others’ actions.

    ‘I wouldn’t want anyone to go into an economics exam and use this as a direct example of ordoliberalism’

    Good advice.

  3. Except in Germany, they forgot to write the law that you can port your number _within_ one supplier. If you want to move to a cheaper contract when your contract is up they refuse to port the number. Yes, even if you tell them that either they port or you will switch supplier!

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