The Dutch Umts-Auction

35 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2002

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Eric van Damme

TILEC and CentER, Tilburg University

Date Written: May 2002


In this paper I review the Dutch UMTS-auction that took place in the summer of 2000 and which, in contrast to the UK and German auctions, was generally considered to be a major flop. I analyse the policy process leading to the auction as well as the bidding behaviour in the auction, and provide an evaluation of both. I demonstrate that the case contains several useful lessons for other auction design problems.

Keywords: Auctions, Telecommunications

JEL Classification: D44, L96

Suggested Citation

van Damme, Eric E.C., The Dutch Umts-Auction (May 2002). Available at SSRN:

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