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Fixed-mobile substitution and termination rates

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  • Steffen Hoernig
  • Marc Bourreau
  • Carlo Cambini

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This paper studies the effect of termination rates on substitution between fixed and mobile calls and access, in a model where heterogeneous consumers can subscribe to one or both types of offers. Simulations show that each (fixed or mobile) termination rate has a positive effect on the take-up of the corresponding service, via the waterbed effect, and lowers subscriptions to the other service, via a cost effect. The prevailing asymmetric regulation, with very low fixed and higher mobile termination rates, corresponds to the social optimum. However, the interests of the mobile operators and of the different customer groups do not coincide.

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  • Steffen Hoernig & Marc Bourreau & Carlo Cambini, 2014. "Fixed-mobile substitution and termination rates," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp588, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
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    Keywords

    Network competition; fixed-mobile substitution; termination rates;
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    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation

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