Contracts as entry barriers for unlicensed spectrum

Yining Zhu, Randall A Berry

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Greater unlicensed access to spectrum has the potential to increase competition among wireless service providers and encourage innovations by lowering barriers to entry. However, early providers offering service in such a band could create new entry barriers through the use of contracts that impose a penalty on customers who switch to a new provider. This paper discusses cases in which an exclusive or non-exclusive contract may be signed before entrants come into an unlicensed spectrum market. Our results indicate that the incumbents will always offer an exclusive contract, which would increase the expected customer surplus. The expected social welfare may increase or decrease depending on how we model the customers' demand, and the technology of the incumbents and entrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages832-838
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627846
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2017
Event2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: May 1 2017May 4 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017

Other

Other2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period5/1/175/4/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Zhu, Y., & Berry, R. A. (2017). Contracts as entry barriers for unlicensed spectrum. In 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017 (pp. 832-838). [8116484] (2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/INFCOMW.2017.8116484