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The Welfare Effects of Mobile Termination Rate Regulation in Asymmetric Oligopolies: the Case of Spain



We examine the effects of mobile termination rate regulation in asymmetric oligopolies. We do this by extending existing models of asymmetric duopoly and symmetric oligopoly where consumer expectations about market shares are passive. We first calibrate product differentiation parameters using detailed data from the Spanish market from 2010. Next, we predict equilibrium outcomes and welfare effects under alternative scenarios of future termination rates. Lowering termination rates typically lowers profits of all networks and improves consumer and total surplus.

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  • Sjaak Hurkens & Ángel Luis López, 2011. "The Welfare Effects of Mobile Termination Rate Regulation in Asymmetric Oligopolies: the Case of Spain," Working Papers 11-09, NET Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:net:wpaper:1109

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    1. Kryuchkova, Polina, 2013. "Regulation of prices for call termination to network telephone operator: antitrust or tariff regulation?," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, pages 126-142, December.
    2. Barth, Anne-Kathrin & Heimeshoff, Ulrich, 2012. "Der angemessene Kostenmaßstab für Terminierungsentgelte - "Pure LRIC" vs. "KeL"," DICE Ordnungspolitische Perspektiven 29, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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    Mobile Termination Rates; Network Effects; Simulations; Telecommunications; Welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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