Antitrust - Case 24

Empirical study on the effects of regulation on investment in the telecommunications industry

This report analyses the relationship between entry regulation and infrastructure investment in the telecommunications sector, contributing to the ongoing debate on how to reshape the regulatory framework for eCommunications. The empirical analysis is based on a comprehensive data set of investment data covering 180 fixed-line and mobile operators in 25 European countries over 10 years and employs a newly created indicator measuring regulatory intensity in the various countries. This study extends the previous report by Friederiszick, Grajek and Röller (2006) towards Switzerland and cable companies.