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Competition In Mobile Telephony In France And Germany

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  • LUKASZ GRZYBOWSKI
  • CHIRAZ KARAMTI

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This paper analyses the development of mobile telephony in France and Germany in 1998–2002. We conduct this analysis in relation to the antitrust investigation initiated by the French competition authority in 2002 due to exchange of strategic information and a share‐fixing agreement between network operators. The results suggest a significant difference between price elasticities of demand in these two countries. Moreover, consumers perceive mobile telephony as a substitute for fixed‐line connection in France and as a complement in Germany. In the time period of the share‐fixing agreement among French network operators there were no adverse shifts in the levels of prices and subscriptions.

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  • Lukasz Grzybowski & Chiraz Karamti, 2010. "Competition In Mobile Telephony In France And Germany," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 78(6), pages 702-724, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:78:y:2010:i:6:p:702-724
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2009.02155.x
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    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation

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