Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Empirical analysis of mobile broadband adoption in major six countries from the view of competition policy
Sobee Shinohara, University of Tokyo, Hiroyuki Morikawa, University of Tokyo and Masatsugu Tsuji, University of Hyogo offer an Empirical analysis of mobile broadband adoption in major six countries from the view of competition policy.
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to study competition policy on mobile broadband, consisting of 3G and 4G (LTE).Currently mobile broadband has been developing rapidly and its access speed amounts to 150Mbps for the latest 4G, which is similar to fixed broadband. This paper analyzes the factors affect the mobile broadband adoption in major six countries, such as the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea, those cover more than fifty percent of total population and adoption ratio of OECD 34 member countries. The factors examined here include HHI and frequency auction as completion policy, FTTH adoption, FMC (Fixed mobile convergence), and launching Android and iPhone, in addition to economic variables such as price and income. Panel data analysis showed that smartphone, competition among telecommunication carriers observed by HHI and FTTH affect mobile broadband adoption. This result provides important basis for competition policy on mobile broadband in each country.