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Unbundling and Incumbent Investment in Quality Upgrades and Cost Reduction

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  • João Vareda

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We study the investment of a telecommunications incumbent in quality and in cost reduction when an entrant can use its network through unbundling of the local loop. We fi?nd that unbundling may lower incentives for quality improvements, but raises incentives for cost reduction. Therefore, it is not true that all types of investment are crowded out with unbundling. If the regulator can commit to a socially optimal unbundling price before investment, the incumbent makes both types of investment. In the absence of commitment, the incumbent will not invest, so that unbundling regulation may lower welfare as compared to no regulation.

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Paper provided by Portuguese Competition Authority in its series Working Papers with number 31.

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Keywords: Access Pricing; Telecommunications Regulation; Unbundling; Investments; Quality upgrades; Cost reduction; Commitment;

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  1. Lars-Hendrik Röller, 2009. "Auswirkungen von Regulierung auf das Investitionsverhalten in Netzindustrien: Die europäische Telekommunikationsindustrie," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 62(10), pages 12-15, 05.
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  3. Pachis, Athanasios & Yannelis, Demetrius, 2013. "The relation between local loop unbundling and investment in fixed telephony," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88470, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  4. João Vareda, 2007. "Access Regulation under Asymmetric Information about Demand," Working Papers 30, Portuguese Competition Authority.
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  7. Michiel Bijlsma & Viktoria Kocsis & Victoria Shestalova & Gijsbert Zwart, 2008. "Vertical foreclosure: a policy framework," CPB Document 157, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  8. Okamoto, Yoshikazu & Nakamura, Akihiro, 2013. "The influence of local loop unbundling on investment by incumbent telecommunications operators in the OECD member countries," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88499, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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