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Determinants of Broadband Access: Is Platform Competition always the Key Variable to Success?

By 1975- Xavier Fageda, Xavier Rubio and Montserrat Termes


Previous studies have identified the rivalry among technological platforms as one of the main driving forces of broadband services penetration. This paper draws on data from the Spanish market between 2005 and 2011 to estimate the main determinants of broadband prices. Controlling for broadband tariffs features and network variables, we examine the impact of the different modes of competition on prices. We find that inter-platform competition has no significant effects over prices, while intra-platform competition is a key driver of the prices charged in the broadband market. Our analysis suggests that the impact of different types of competition on prices is critically affected by the levels of development of the broadband market achieved by the considered countr

Topics: Xarxes de comunicacions, Sistemes de comunicació sense fil, Sistemes de comunicacions mòbils, Política de la telecomunicació, Societat de la informació, Communication networks, Wireless communication systems, Mobile communication systems, Telecommunication policy, Information society
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Year: 2014
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