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
Date Written: March 31, 2014
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
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