Platform Competition in Telecommunications

50 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2004

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Jeffrey Church

University of Calgary - Department of Economics

Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2004

Abstract

In this Paper, we consider the economics of platform competition in telecommunications. Platform competition occurs when different, sometimes incompatible, technologies compete to provide telecommunications services to end-users. Battles between competing technologies have been an important feature of telecommunications in the last twenty or so years. Examples of platform competition in telecommunications include wireless vs. wireline networks, competing wireless options, such as satellite vs. cellular, and, within cellular, different digital standards.

Keywords: Platform competition, telecommunications

JEL Classification: L13

Suggested Citation

Church, Jeffrey and Gandal, Neil, Platform Competition in Telecommunications (October 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4659. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=629206

Jeffrey Church

University of Calgary - Department of Economics ( email )

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Neil Gandal (Contact Author)

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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