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The effect of regulations on the Korean mobile telecommunication industry


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Mobile telecommunication industries in most countries are under regulatory authorities' control to some degree. Since most network industries have a tendency towards natural monopoly, and telecommunications networks are usually believed to exhibit network effects, the regulation in telecommunication industry might be necessary in order to engender effective competition among network operators.

Although it may be necessary to have regulatory measures to guarantee competitive market environment, whether current asymmetric regulatory measures in the Korean mobile industry are engendering the competition among the three Korean network operators is somewhat questionable. If there needs to be any regulation, its justification is to protect the consumer benefits rather than protecting incompetent firm, which very well could be a free rider of the asymmetric government protection.

In this paper, a couple of asymmetric regulatory measures in the Korean mobile telephony industry will be examined for their merits. First regulation in question is market share targeting for the market leader. Secondly, sequential introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) will be tested.

This study is consisted of three independent chapters attempting to answer above issues. First chapter is a theoretic approach of market share targeting of the incumbent firm. By comparative analysis of equilibrium in the cases of with and without such regulation. I will attempt to show any distortions in market behavior, welfare change and policy implications. Second chapter will be devoted to examine the effect of implementing sequential MNP in the Korean mobile market. This empirical study is expected to show whether the asymmetrical regulatory measure was effective and necessary to engender the competition in the market. Third and final chapter is to show what determines switching cost of consumers, and how effective these regulations have been.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Economic theory;
Business costs;
Mobile communications networks;
Telecommunications industry;
Regulation;
Competition;
Market shares;
Telephone number portability;
Studies
Classification
0511: Economic theory
0505: Business costs
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Competition; Korean; Market share; Mobile telecommunication; Regulation; Switching costs; Telecommunications industry
Title
The effect of regulations on the Korean mobile telecommunication industry
Author
Kim, Joon-Young
Number of pages
120
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0047
Source
DAI-A 67/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542768538
Advisor
Denzau, Arthur T.
University/institution
The Claremont Graduate University
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3223786
ProQuest document ID
305357447
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305357447
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