Accession Number : ADA445160


Title :   Mobile Number Portability in Europe


Descriptive Note : Discussion paper no. 41


Corporate Author : FEDERAL ARMED FORCES UNIV HAMBURG (GERMANY) DEPT OF ECONOMICS


Personal Author(s) : Buehler, Stephan ; Dewenter, Ralf ; Haucap, Justus


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a445160.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 28


Abstract : This paper examines the causes and effects of mobile number portability (MNP) and provides a survey of its implementation in Europe. We first examine the competitive effects and the costs of introducing MNP. Next, we discuss how to charge for MNP. We argue that a price cap regime starting from the average cost of porting is likely to provide appropriate incentives. Finally, we review the recent experience with implementing MNP in Europe. Differences in the speed of porting and porting charges appear to explain part of the differences in the use of MNP across countries.


Descriptors :   *PORTABLE EQUIPMENT , *TELECOMMUNICATIONS , *SWITCHING , *TELEPHONE SYSTEMS , EUROPE , COMMUNICATIONS CENTRALS , COMPETITION , IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS , ALLOCATIONS


Subject Categories : Non-radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE