Whalley, Jason and Curwen, Peter (2012) Incumbency and market share within European mobile telecommunication networks. Telecommunications Policy, 36 (3). pp. 222-236. ISSN 0308-5961Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
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.
|Keywords:||EU, mobile, telecommunications, incumbent, first mover advantages, Management. Industrial Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Information Systems, Electrical and Electronic Engineering|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management|
|Department:||Strathclyde Business School > Management Science|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jun 2012 14:16|
|Last modified:||07 Jan 2017 01:13|