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Competition in the European Telecommunications Industry: 20 Years on from the Liberalisation.

Bottan, David ULiège
Promotor(s) : Gautier, Axel ULiège
Date of defense : 26-Aug-2019/11-Sep-2019 • Permalink :
Title : Competition in the European Telecommunications Industry: 20 Years on from the Liberalisation.
Translated title : [fr] La concurrence dans le secteur des télécommunications en Europe: 20 ans après la libéralisation
[it] La concorrenza nel settore delle telecomunicazioni in Europa: a vent'anni dalla liberalizzazione
Author : Bottan, David ULiège
Date of defense  : 26-Aug-2019/11-Sep-2019
Advisor(s) : Gautier, Axel ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Schoenmaeckers, Jérome ULiège
Petit, Nicolas ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 57
Keywords : [en] Competition
[en] Telecommunications
[en] Liberalisation
[en] European Union
[en] European Commission
[en] Profit elasticity
[en] Boone indicator
[en] MNO
[en] Abuse of dominance
[en] Article 102 TFEU
[en] EU
Discipline(s) : Business & economic sciences > Special economic topics (health, labor, transportation...)
Business & economic sciences > Microeconomics
Target public : Researchers
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en sciences économiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en Economics and Society
Faculty: Master thesis of the HEC-Ecole de gestion de l'Université de Liège


[en] What conclusions can be drawn regarding competition in the European telecommunications industry, twenty years after its liberalisation? This thesis measures and compares the levels of competition in this sector across the EU between 2010 and 2017 by calculating the profit elasticity indicator based on firm-level data from thousands of companies. We find that the intensity of competition in this industry is low comparted to the majority of the other European industries, that it declined in the majority of the EU countries during the studied period, and that it is extremely heterogeneous across countries, as the profit elasticity indicator ranged between -0.32 (very relaxed competition) in Germany and 2.51 (intense competition) in Ireland. Subsequently, we assess the impact on competition of two variables: (i) the number of mobile network operators active in a country and (ii) a binary variable taking on the value 1 if the European Commission prohibited any anticompetitive behaviour in a specific country’s telecommunications industry in previous years. Regardless of the econometric method employed, we find no evidence that either of these two variables has a statistically significant impact on the intensity of competition.



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