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Scale Economies in Cellular Telephony: Size Matters


  • Foreman, R Dean
  • Beauvais, Edward


Strategic positioning and potential cost savings are popular explanations for growing consolidation in the wireless telephone industry. This research estimates economies of scale for a large panel of GTE Wireless cellular market areas. Contrary to previous findings, our results indicate scale economies exist throughout the system and provide a rationale for the industry trend of consolidation. Copyright 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Foreman, R Dean & Beauvais, Edward, 1999. "Scale Economies in Cellular Telephony: Size Matters," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 297-306, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:16:y:1999:i:3:p:297-306

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