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Migration to 3G wireless broadband internet and real options: The case of an operator in India

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  • Tanguturi, Venkata Praveen
  • Harmantzis, Fotios C.
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    The paper focuses on third generation wireless technologies and on alternative technologies for wireless local area networks. The authors present the evolutionary migration path from second to third generation systems. Technological, economic and behavioral factors related to decision-making towards the migration are proposed. As an example, the paper studies the case of the national incumbent operator of India. It analyzes qualitatively the migration problem from the perspective of the operator, the equipment manufacturer and the users. For the quantitative analysis, real options are used to value the investment decisions. The analysis suggests that the initial (sunk) investment cost, the average revenue per user, the growth of the subscriber base and the volatility of the markets are the key factors in the investment process.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 7 (August)
    Pages: 400-419

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:30:y:2006:i:7:p:400-419

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    Keywords: 3G GSM CDMA Wireless Broadband India UMTS India Wi-Fi Real options;

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    1. Sinha, Pankaj & Mudgal, Hemant, 2011. "Valuation of 3G spectrum license in India: A real option approach," MPRA Paper 31281, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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