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Substitution between fixed and mobile data amidst high levels of poverty and inequality

Ryan Hawthrone and Lukasz Grzybowski
Mobile broadband is the main means of connecting to the internet in developing countries, where fixed-line coverage is typically limited or non-existent. As a result, governments in developing countries are seeking means by which mobile broadband penetration might be increased.
Sep 2019
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Narrowing the ‘digital divide’: the role of complementarities between fixed and mobile data in South Africa

Ryan Hawthrone and Lukasz Grzybowksi
We study substitution between fixed and mobile broadband services in South Africa using survey data on 134,000 individuals between 2009 and 2014. In our discrete-choice model, individuals choose fixed or mobile and data services in a framework that allows them to be substitutes or complements. We...
Sep 2019
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The Impact of Telecommunication Regulatory Policy on Mobile Retail Price in Sub-Saharan African Countries

Onkokame Mothobi
This paper examines the eect of regulatory policies on mobile retail prices. Using quar terly data for 8 African countries for the period 2010:Q4 to 2014:Q4 we estimate structural demand and supply equations. We nd that mobile termination rates (MTR) have signif icant positive impact on mobile...
Feb 2017
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