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Reference: Mark Armstrong and Julian Wright, (2009). Mobile call termination. Economic Journal, 119 (538).Citable link to this page:


Mobile call termination

Abstract: We analyse charges levied by mobile telephone networks to deliver calls. We integrate two literatures: one analysing calls from the fixed network, where predicted unregulated termination charges are too high, and one analysing calls from rival mobile networks, where predicted charges are too low. In practice, however, networks adopt uniform charges for terminating both kinds of traffic, as do regulators. We show how incorporating wholesale arbitrage and demand-side substitution helps reconcile theory with practice. In our framework, the unregulated charge is uniform and typically lies between the efficient and monopoly benchmarks. There remains a rationale for regulation, albeit reduced.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted ManuscriptNotes:© Mark Armstrong and Julian Wright. Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2009. Published by Blackwell Publishing, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK and 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA. The definitive version is available at

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Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

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Issue Date: 2009Identifiers

Urn: uuid:1bbd7c8b-2689-4e14-827c-ac5a0c55529e

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Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article;

Language: en

Version: Accepted Manuscript


Autor: Mark Armstrong - - - Julian Wright - - - - Bibliographic Details Publisher: Blackwell Publishing - - Host: Economic Journal see m



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