Mobile services with handset bundling and governmental policies for competitive market

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Governmental policies can significantly affect the social adoption of services offered by communication technology providers and competition between service providers. Following the implementation of several policies by the Korean government and mobile network operators' promotion of mobile handset bundling, consumer adoption rates of the latest mobile phone and communications services have been higher in Korea than in other countries. Mobile handset bundling provides consumers the bundled sale of mobile phones and services, but this practice can restrict consumers' choice of services and limit competition among service providers. This study analyses this ambivalent effect of bundling by mobile network operators (MNOs) and evaluates the outcomes of the Korean government policies (2011-14) using market statistics. Our results highlight that the policies have produced changes in market share but the government needs to promote service differentiation among providers. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
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Elsevier BV
Issue Date
2017-02
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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TELEMATICS AND INFORMATICS, v.34, no.1, pp.323 - 337

ISSN
0736-5853
DOI
10.1016/j.tele.2016.04.015
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/214089
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