Some Observations on the British and German 3g Telecom Auctions

22 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2002

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Paul Klemperer

University of Oxford - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

I suggest explanations for the apparently puzzling bidding in the year 2000 British and German 3G telecom auctions. Relative-performance maximisation may have been important, but the outcome of the British auction seems to have been efficient.

This paper bundles my comments on two papers presented at the December 2001 CES Ifo conference on the telecom auctions. (For those readers new to the subject, I recommend first reading "How (Not) to Run Auctions: the European 3G Telecom Auctions" European Economic Review 2002 and "The Biggest Auction Ever: the Sale of the British 3G Telecom Licenses" Economic Journal 2002. Please contact the author for details.)

Keywords: Auctions, Telecommunications, Spectrum Auctions, 3G, UMTS, Bidding, Mobile Phones

JEL Classification: D44, L96

Suggested Citation

Klemperer, Paul, Some Observations on the British and German 3g Telecom Auctions (September 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=331682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.331682

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