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

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Erik Bohlin

Chalmers University of Technology

Kevin W. Caves

Infotech Consulting

Jeffrey A. Eisenach

NERA Economic Consulting; American Enterprise Institute

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 A., 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 )

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Kevin W. Caves

Infotech Consulting ( email )

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Jeffrey A. Eisenach

NERA Economic Consulting

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American Enterprise Institute ( email )

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