Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and the US: Implications for Policy

Communications & Strategies, No. 93, 1st Quarter 2014, pp. 35-58

24 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2014

See all articles by Erik Bohlin

Erik Bohlin

Chalmers University of Technology

Kevin W. Caves

Econ One Research

Jeffrey Eisenach

NERA Economic Consulting

Date Written: March 31, 2014

Abstract

As recently as five years ago, markets for mobile wireless services in Europe were performing on par with, or even better than, markets in the United States. Today, there is broad agreement that the EU has fallen behind in at least some dimensions, especially with respect to the deployment of next generation LTE networks. We assess the divergence in performance, analyze its causes, and suggest policy changes that would improve the performance of mobile wireless markets going forward. These include regulatory harmonization of spectrum management, achieving efficient levels of consolidation, and promoting investment and innovation through a focus on dynamic competition.

Keywords: spectrum management, performance, ecosystem, dynamic competition, wireless markets

JEL Classification: L01, L05, L04

Suggested Citation

Bohlin, Erik and Caves, Kevin W. and Eisenach, Jeffrey, Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and the US: Implications for Policy (March 31, 2014). Communications & Strategies, No. 93, 1st Quarter 2014, pp. 35-58. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510315

Erik Bohlin (Contact Author)

Chalmers University of Technology ( email )

SE-412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

Kevin W. Caves

Econ One Research ( email )

United States

Jeffrey Eisenach

NERA Economic Consulting ( email )

50 Main Street, 14th Floor
White Plains, NY 10606
United States

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