3g Mobile: The Push to Wireless Data Across Europe

Posted: 3 Jan 2002

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Esen Sirel

City University London

Leonard Waverman

London Business School

Abstract

As governments and firms rush to third generation '3G' mobile telecommunications, this article considers three key problems: the conflict over 3G standards, which pits European GSM equipment against a US group; the patchwork of 3G regulation across Europe; and the mechanism for awarding licences. The authors argue that the auction mechanism is far preferable for consumers to 'beauty contests' but that other countries still to award licences could improve on the UK design.

Suggested Citation

Sirel, Esen and Waverman, Leonard, 3g Mobile: The Push to Wireless Data Across Europe. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=241375

Esen Sirel

City University London

Northampton Square
London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

Leonard Waverman (Contact Author)

London Business School ( email )

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Regent's Park
London, London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom

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