The Diffusion of Mobile Telecommunications Services in the European Union

European Economic Review

Posted: 29 Feb 2000

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Harald Gruber

European Investment Bank

Frank Verboven

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

The paper investigates into the determinants of the diffusion of mobile telecommunications services in the European Union. Capacity increase, due to the switch from the analogue to the digital technology during the early nineties, has had a significant and positive impact on the diffusion. The impact of introducing competition was also significant, during both the analogue and the digital period, though the effect was proportionately smaller. Finally, we find that countries which granted first licenses at later points in time, show a significant catching-up effect, though international convergence may be expected only by the year 2006. The empirical results remain robust when other possible determinants of diffusion are included, such as the size of the fixed network and GDP per capita.

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JEL Classification: L1, L86, O3

Suggested Citation

Gruber, Harald and Verboven, Frank, The Diffusion of Mobile Telecommunications Services in the European Union. European Economic Review. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=208216

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