The Dutch Umts-Auction
35 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2002
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
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