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dc.contributor.authorGans, Joshua S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKing, Stephen P.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-22T09:46:49Z
dc.date.available2014-05-22T09:46:49Z
dc.date.issued2000-02en_US
dc.date.submitted2002-08-27en_US
dc.identifier.citationGans, Joshua S. and King, Stephen P. (2000) Mobile Network Competition, Customer Ignorance and Fixed-to-Mobile Call Prices.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/33664
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the influence of mobile network competition on the prices of fixed-to-mobile calls. Because fixed line customers cannot, in general, distinguish the identity of a specific mobile network, these networks have market power when setting termination charges for calls from fixed lines. We show that: (1) unregulated mobile termination charges will result in higher than monopoly call prices; (2) the regulation of termination charges and prices downward will affect mobile subscription rates and may lower these rates; and (3) regulation of any mobile carrier's termination charges can reduce fixed to mobile prices but will result in an increase in unregulated carriers' termination charges. When fixed line consumers can distinguish between the different mobile networks they are calling, fixed to mobile call prices will fall relative to their level under customer ignorance. Direct mobile charging for termination also exerts downward pressure on the total fixed to mobile call price. A low cost method of lowering fixed to mobile charges would be to facilitate the identification of carriers by consumers and to restructure billing so that mobile networks are able to directly charge fixed line consumers for termination servicesen_US
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dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.economics.unimelb.edu.au/research/workingpapers/wp00_01/734.pdfen_US
dc.subjectJournal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: L41en_US
dc.subjectL96en_US
dc.subjectmobile network competitionen_US
dc.subjecttermination chargesen_US
dc.subjectinterconnect feesen_US
dc.subjectprice regulation and customer ignoranceen_US
dc.titleMobile Network Competition, Customer Ignorance and Fixed-to-Mobile Call Pricesen_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
melbourne.peerreviewNon Peer Revieweden_US
melbourne.affiliation.departmentEconomics and Commerce: Department of Economicsen_US
melbourne.source.month02en_US
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melbourne.contributor.authorGANS, JOSHUA
melbourne.contributor.authorKing, Stephen
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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