Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and the US: Implications for Policy

31 March 2014
By Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach with Erik Bohlin and Kevin W. Caves

As recently as five years ago, markets for mobile wireless services in Europe were performing on par with, or even better than, markets in the United States. Today, there is broad agreement that the EU has fallen behind in at least some dimensions, especially with respect to the deployment of next generation LTE networks. This article from Communications & Strategies, co-authored by NERA Senior Vice President Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach, assesses the divergence in performance, analyzes its causes, and suggests policy changes that would improve the performance of mobile wireless markets going forward. These changes include regulatory harmonization of spectrum management, achieving efficient levels of consolidation, and promoting investment and innovation through a focus on dynamic competition.