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The European UMTS/IMT-2000 Licence Auctions

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  • Jehiel, Philippe
  • Moldovanu, Benny

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Europe has taken the global lead in the issuance of third generation (3G) licences for mobile telecommunications according to the UMTS/IMT-2000 family of standards. We survey the recent European UMTS licence auctions and compare their outcomes with the predictions of a simple auction model that emphasises future market structure as a main determinant of valuations for licenses. Since the main goal of most spectrum allocation procedures is economic efficiency, and since consumers (who are affected by the ensuing market structure) do not participate at the auction stage, good designs must alleviate the asymmetry among incumbents and potential entrants by actively encouraging entry.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2810.

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Keywords: Licence Auctions; Market Entry; UMTS;

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Cited by:
  1. Peter Cramton & Andrzej Skrzypacz & Robert Wilson, 2007. "Revenues in the 700 MHz Spectrum Auction," Papers of Peter Cramton 07rev700, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised 2007.
  2. David BARTOLINI, 2005. "The Italian Auction for Radio Spectrum Licences," Working Papers 231, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  3. Kenneth R. CARTER, 2013. "Next Generation Spectrum Regulation:Price-Guided Radio Policy," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(90), pages 41-62, 2nd quart.

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