Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224841
Authors: 
Abate, Serafino
Bahia, Kalvin
Castells, Pau
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ITS Online Event, 14-17 June 2020
Abstract: 
This study evaluates the impact of competition on quality, innovation and price in Europe's mobile communications market during the 4G era (2011-18). Our results indicate that European mobile users in more concentrated markets benefitted the most from higher network quality, particularly with regard to download speeds. We find that dispersion of fixed costs and assets among a greater number of players can result in diseconomies of scale and a less efficient use of resources, which translates into lower network performance, to the detriment of consumers. We also find evidence of investment per operator being greater in markets with higher profit margins, which are also typically more concentrated markets.
JEL: 
K20
L10
L40
L96
Document Type: 
Conference Paper
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