We provide economic analysis in price fixing, exclusionary practices, tied sales, and other forms of alleged monopolization in the telecommunications industry. We have presented numerous cases to antitrust agencies and provided expert testimony and litigation support services to clients. Our engagements frequently include sophisticated econometric analyses of complex data sets. We use simulation models to predict the impact of mergers and have developed and refined economic arguments related to exclusionary behavior and cost-raising strategies.
For presentation to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, we analyzed market power implications associated with a proposed merger of two major telecommunications carriers. Our analysis focused on likely unilateral effects and coordinated interaction, merger-related efficiencies, and the likelihood that entry would mitigate the identified concerns. Likely unilateral price increases were predicted through market simulations within a differentiated products framework.
We assessed claims of attempted monopolization through tied sales and predatory pricing by providers of cellular telephone services. Our analysis examined whether sales of cellular handsets were being subsidized by cellular service providers, and whether the alleged subsidization was leading to anticompetitive behavior in the retail distribution of cellular handsets and in the market for cellular telephone services.
On behalf of a provider of wireless telecommunications services, The Brattle Group assessed allegations of bid-rigging in the PCS spectrum auctions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Our analysis included an assessment of the competitive implication of the signaling mechanisms alleged to facilitate collusion, including an analysis of how these markets would have operated in the absence of facilitating practices.