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Third Generation Mobile: To Auction or Not to Auction?

The most persuasive view put forward in Hong Kong in favour of auctioning has come from the SCMP columnist, Jake van der Kamp. Among his points is the argument that as most cellular network costs are upfront it becomes virtually impossible to pass on to customers a fixed overhead, such as a licence fee unless and until the demand for spectrum exceeds supply. What follows is a response I wrote, previously published in as a column piece (SCMP, 13 May 2000).

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