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Platform Competition in Telecommunications

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  • Church, Jeffrey
  • Gandal, Neil

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In this Paper we consider the economics of platform competition in telecommunications. Platform competition occurs when different, sometimes incompatible, technologies compete to provide telecommunications services to end-users. Battles between competing technologies have been an important feature of telecommunications in the last twenty or so years. Examples of platform competition in telecommunications include wireless vs. wireline networks, competing wireless options, such as satellite vs. cellular, and, within cellular, different digital standards.

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  • Church, Jeffrey & Gandal, Neil, 2004. "Platform Competition in Telecommunications," CEPR Discussion Papers 4659, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:4659
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    4. Bauer, Johannes M. & Shim, Woohyun, 2012. "Regulation and digital innovation: Theory and evidence," 23rd European Regional ITS Conference, Vienna 2012 60364, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    5. Oz Shy, 2011. "A Short Survey of Network Economics," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 38(2), pages 119-149, March.
    6. Pieter Ballon & Nils Walravens & Antonietta Spedalieri & Claudio Venezia, 2010. "The Reconfiguration of Mobile Service Provision: Towards Platform Business Models," Chapters,in: Promoting New Telecom Infrastructures, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    Keywords

    platform competition; telecommunications;

    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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