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Fixed and mobile competition in transition economies

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  • Vagliasindi, Maria
  • Güney, Izzet
  • Taubman, Chris

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The main aim of this paper is to explore the competition between traditional fixed line and mobile services across Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Whilst there have been some pioneer studies in the US, empirical evidence for other regions is very limited. Transition countries witnessed important trends in the mobile segment of the market. First, mobile penetration rates have been growing at exponential rates, whereas fixed line penetration rates have at best stagnated. The present analysis is based on empirical evidence based on country level data and case studies, as well as enterprise level data based on major surveys that the EBRD and the World Bank undertook in 2002 across all transition economies. Econometric analysis at the enterprise level shows some interesting results, including evidence of strong network externalities and fixed to mobile substitution effects at the country level.

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  • Vagliasindi, Maria & Güney, Izzet & Taubman, Chris, 2006. "Fixed and mobile competition in transition economies," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(7), pages 349-367, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:30:y:2006:i:7:p:349-367
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