Mobile Number Portability in Europe

Telecommunications Policy 30(7), 2006, 385-399

20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2005 Last revised: 25 Mar 2020

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Justus Haucap

Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf - Department of Economics; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Stefan Buehler

University of St. Gallen - SEPS: Economics and Political Sciences

Ralf Dewenter

University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 1, 2005

Abstract

This paper examines the causes and effects of mobile number portability (MNP) and provides a survey of its implementation in Europe. We first examine the competitive effects and the costs of introducing MNP. Next, we discuss how to charge for MNP. We argue that a price cap regime starting from the average cost of porting is likely to provide appropriate incentives. Finally, we review the recent experience with implementing MNP in Europe. Differences in the speed of porting and porting charges appear to explain part of the differences in the use of MNP across countries.

Keywords: mobile telecommunications, switching costs, regulation

JEL Classification: L96, D43, K23, L51

Suggested Citation

Haucap, Justus and Buehler, Stefan and Dewenter, Ralf, Mobile Number Portability in Europe (July 1, 2005). Telecommunications Policy 30(7), 2006, 385-399, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=765224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.765224

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Ralf Dewenter

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