The article addresses the question of why the spectacular growth in the info-communications sector - including telecommunications - slowed at the turn of the millennium. The authors dispute the widespread opinion that the slowdown and stagnation were brought on by the price fall in information stocks, arguing that the decline can be attributed mainly to regulatory problems in the sector. Simple market-structure models are used to show how the process of market liberalization in the sector led to a curb on investment in information companies, especially telecom firms, in Hungary and on an international scale.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.