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Title:Asymmetry of mobile termination rates and the waterbed effect PDF Logo
Authors:Lee, Jongyong
Lee, Duk Hee
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:23rd European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunication Society, Vienna, Austria, 1-4 July 2012
Abstract:This paper empirically analyzes the relationship between asymmetric regulation on mobile termination rates and mobile retail prices, using panel data collected from 20 OECD member countries for 22 quarters. In addition to the asymmetry of mobile access charges, the authors also focus on the impact of a number of variables, such as churn rates, mobile penetration rates, and the market concentration index on mobile operators' retail prices. The results reveal that pricing asymmetry in access services has a positive correlation with mobile retail prices. Therefore, this study supports the assumption that the waterbed effect between the asymmetry of mobile termination rates and retail prices may occur.
Subjects:Mobile termination rates
Waterbed effect
Asymmetry of MTRs
Mobile retail Rates
Panel data techniques
JEL:L51
L88
L96
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:23rd European Regional ITS Conference, Vienna 2012

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