Incumbency and market share within European mobile telecommunication networks

Whalley, Jason and Curwen, Peter (2012) Incumbency and market share within European mobile telecommunication networks. Telecommunications Policy, 36 (3). pp. 222-236. ISSN 0308-5961

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2011.11.020

Abstract

The structure of mobile telecommunication markets varies considerably across Europe, ranging from monopolies with a handful of subscribers to markets with five operators and many millions of subscribers. Where competitive markets occur, there is also an incumbent operator possessing substantial first mover advantages. This paper explores these advantages, asking whether the incumbent has remained the largest operator as the market has developed. This question is investigated using data from 49 European countries. The analysis finds that in most countries the incumbent continues to be the largest operator measured by market share. In some countries, later entrants into the market have struggled to gain market share, contributing to the highly concentrated nature of many mobile markets. The extent to which the geographical footprint of an operator influences its market share is also examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: first mover advantages, EU, mobile, telecommunications, incumbent
Subjects: N100 Business studies
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 11:55
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13828

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