Going beyond duopoly: Connectivity breakdowns under receiving party pays

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We show that the prediction of strategic connectivity breakdowns under a receiving-party-pays system and discrimination between on- and off-net prices does not hold up once more than two mobile networks are considered. Indeed, if there are at least three competing networks and enough utility is obtained from receiving calls, no strategic connectivity breakdowns occur. Private negotiations over access charges then achieve the efficient outcome. Bill & keep (zero access charges) and free outgoing and incoming calls are efficient if and only marginal costs of calls are zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalInformation Economics and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Connectivity breakdown
  • Mobile network competition
  • Receiving party pays
  • Termination rates


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