Competitive dynamics between MNOs in the mobile telecommunications single Market: lessons from the US Experience

1 November 2011 par dans Competition, Publications

Article by Laurent Benzoni, Bruno Deffains, Anh Tuc Nguyen and Olivier Salesse.

Within the framework of the Digital Single Market, the European Commission is paving the way for a Single Market in the European mobile telecommunications services by, among others, studying how to reduce regulation heterogeneity in the 27 fragmented national markets.

This article aims at complementing this initiative, by analyzing the U.S. experience and drawing lessons that the potential unified European mobile market can draw from regarding the small operators in the market.

Three major points are identified in order to create an internal market for mobile telecommunications with high competitive dynamics: to prevent market consolidation by a limited number of large operators, to block practices that raise barriers to competition by the dominant operators such as exclusive handset arrangements, and finally, to adopt harmonized and favorable measures to include second-mover operators in the competition.

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