Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148678
Authors: 
Jeanjean, François
Houngbonon, Georges Vivien
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
27th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), Cambridge, United Kingdom, 7th - 9th September 2016
Abstract: 
The optimal market structure in the mobile industry is an important topic in the mobile industry. In this paper, we use two theoretical frameworks and a structural estimation approach to assess the effects of market structure on consumer surplus in symmetric mobile markets. When mobile services are viewed as homogeneous products under Cournot competition, we find that consumer surplus falls with the number of operators. However, when mobile services are considered as differentiated products under Salop competition, we find an inverted-U relationship between consumer surplus and the number of mobile operators. These findings call for a case-by-case analysis of the optimal market structure in the mobile industry.
Subjects: 
Market structure
Investment
Mobile Telecommunications
JEL: 
D21
D22
L13
L40
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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