April 2016 : Thai break? Lessons from the 900MHz and 1800MHz auctions
The recent auctions of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands in Thailand were an important step in the replacement of the traditional concession system with a more modern spectrum allocation framework. Marred by legal challenges and conducted in the … Continue reading
September 2015 : The German mobile broadband spectrum auction: tales of mystery and retaliation
For many observers, the 2015 German mobile broadband spectrum auction was a surprise: at first, it looked as if the potentially very valuable 700MHz spectrum would be sold for the extremely low reserve price, and 900MHz spectrum would fetch not … Continue reading
April 2011 : How strong are merchant constraints on interchange fees?
This paper examines the ability of merchants to affect their customers’ choice of payment method. We demonstrate that merchants have a number of ways for steering their customers away from payment methods that are ‘expensive’ for the merchant, and that … Continue reading
June 2010 : Fixed or flexible? A survey of 2.6GHz spectrum awards
The 2.6GHz frequency band is part of a family of spectrum bands identified worldwide for deployment of mobile services. Since 2007, nine European regulators and one Asian regulator have announced detailed plans to auction 2.6GHz spectrum; and seven of these … Continue reading
December 2007 : Winner determination and second pricing algorithms for combinatorial clock auctions
This paper outlines practical methods for determining winners and how much they should pay in combinatorial auctions.