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The Dutch DCS-1800 Auction

Eric van Damme

No 1999-77, Discussion Paper from Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research

Abstract: In February 1998 the Dutch government auctioned licences to operate mobile telecommunications networks according to the DCS-1800 technology. Two “national” licences and sixteen “regional” ones were auctioned by using a variant of the simultaneous, multiple round auction that was proposed by US-economists and that had been tested in the US. This paper describes how the decision to auction came about, it details the auction rules, and it analyzes the resulting outcomes.

Keywords: Telecommunications; Auctions; Regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D44 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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