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Management of International Networks

Cost-Effective Strategies for the New Telecom Regulations and Services, 1st Edition

By Floris van den Broek

CRC Press

208 pages

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Effective management of a communications network can be a difficult and costly activity, and even more so when the network crosses international borders. International network managers face a number of issues that are crucial to strategic decision-making, including the varying telecommunications regulations, operators, and services found within-as well as between-different countries.

Focusing on these issues, Management of International Networks clears the way for network managers to make informed, strategic decisions. The author describes each of these issues in detail and develops models-illustrated by actual case studies-that allow a quantified analysis of each. With the ability to quantitatively assess these factors, managers can forecast the potential of cost-effectively managing a network within a given country and make decisions, such as:

  • Where to place hubs for traffic in an international network

  • In what country to expand the network

  • What services to obtain from which operator to ensure a cost-effective network

    The strong increase in demand for international network services combined with the rapid changes in the telecommunications environment in many countries necessitate a closer examination of international networks and the development of new models and tools that will facilitate management decisions. Management of International Networks fulfills this demand. Network managers, planners, and operators along with consultants, telecommunications lawyers-virtually anyone working with international networks-will find this book an invaluable tool and guide to this dynamic, evolving arena.

  • Table of Contents

    MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS

    Introduction

    International Networks

    Reasons for the Research (Why?)

    A Model for Management of International Networks

    Research Question (What?)

    Research Approach (How?)

    Network Management: Current Literature

    Summary

    THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT

    General Theories: Telecommunications Management Network

    Theories for Input Parameter Regulatory Environment

    Theories for Input Parameter Telecommunications Services Offering

    Theories for Output Parameter Cost-Effective Management

    Crossing International Borders

    Legal Implications of Crossing International Borders

    Summary

    REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

    Legal Framework for Competition

    Regulatory Body

    Competition Active

    Overview of the Regulatory Environment

    New Developments in Regulatory Environments

    Summary

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES OFFERING

    Telecommunications Services

    Economic of Services Crossing International Borders

    International Organizations and Telecommunications Services

    Developing a Telecommunications Services Offering Matrix

    Summary

    COST-EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT

    Overview of Cost-Effective Management

    Cost Relative to Size of the Network

    Performance of the Network

    Calculating the Cost-Effective Management of the Network

    Summary

    EXPLORATIVE CASE

    Lucent Technologies

    International Particularities in Practice

    Summary and Conclusions from the Explorative Case

    THE COST-EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT MODEL

    Requirements for a Cost-Effective Management Model

    Propositions for the Cost-Effective Management Model

    Propositions Explained with Heuristics

    Propositions Tested with Statistics in the Cases

    Summary

    DESCRIPTION OF THE TEST CASES

    Requirements Activities, and Description of the Cases

    Case 1: Calvin Klein Cosmetics Company (CKCC)

    Case 2: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Summary and Conclusions

    RESULTS OF THE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CASES

    Statistical Analysis Methods and Statistical Indicators

    Results of the Statistical Analysis for the CKCC Case

    Results of the Statistical Analysis for the UNDP Case

    Summary

    CONCLUSIONS, PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS, COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES, AND FUTURE STEPS

    Conclusions: Research Results

    Recommendations

    Cost-Effective Strategies for Management of International Networks: A Checklist

    Further Research

    Summary

    APPENDIX: NETWORK MANAGER SURVEY

    GLOSSARY OF TERMS

    REFERENCES

    INDEX

    About the Author

    van den Broek\, Floris

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    COM032000
    COMPUTERS / Information Technology
    COM043000
    COMPUTERS / Networking / General
    TEC041000
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications