Book: The Economics of Mobile Telecommunications
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book distils years of work on the mobile telecommunications industry.I became interested in this industry for professional reasons during themid-1990s, a period when the industry was making the jump from apremium service industry for mostly professional users to a truly massmarket. In my capacity as an applied industrial organisation economist, Ihad the unique opportunity of evaluating the business plans and strategiesof a large number of mobile telecommunications firms inside and outsideEurope. This provided me with valuable insights into the functioning ofthis fascinating industry, as well as into its technological and operationalconcerns.This book makes extensive use of previously published material. It thusalso benefits from joint work done with Marion Hoenicke, TommasoValletti and, in particular, Frank Verboven. The credit to them is givenin the appropriate sections throughout the book and the relevant papersare quoted in the bibliography. Researching and writing articles with all ofthem was an intellectually very rewarding experience, and I owe them mythanks. I also received many useful comments and hints from colleagueswithin the EIB and from the academic world. I would like to thankTommaso Valletti and two anonymous referees for having read the manuscriptand for their detailed comments. Ultimately, all responsibility forthe views expressed remains with the author, and they do not necessarilyreflect those of the European Investment Bank.