In this article a snapshot is provided of how the themes of convergence, competition and forthcoming communication services (broadly encompassed here as e-commerce) are being debated across Asia and what impact the European Commission’s Communications Review may have. Our
position is two-fold. First, that in order to combat domination by European and American operators and service providers within next generation telecommunication services (such as the services associated with third-generation mobile, broadband, IP-based networks, and digital broadcast),Asian governments are likely to promote strong domestic markets by pursuing similar statemanaged policies to those which they have pursued previously. The
Commission’s perception of a forthcoming wave of mergers and industry consolidation5 and the inherent industry uncertainty as we move towards broadband are both likely to reinforce this retreat from market liberalization, not further it.