Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Implications of Contractual Mobility in Roaming Architectures
The European market for roaming services has historically experienced poor or no competition and, when competition has occurred, prices have been largely resistant to its downward pressure. The root cause of this failure lies in the technical limitations of the existing roaming architecture. An architecture able to remove these limitations should allow the contractual mobility of roaming users: users should be able to select their access provider automatically, on a per-session basis and on one-to-one contractual basis. In this paper, the authors study the extent to which, by removing these constraints, the enablement of contractual mobility influences user and provider behaviour, creating an improved market outcome.