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Competition In Mobile Telephony In France And Germany


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. Copyright � 2010 The Authors. The Manchester School � 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.

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Volume (Year): 78 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 702-724

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:78:y:2010:i:6:p:702-724
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