Speeding up the internet : regulation and investment in European fiber optic infrastructure


Briglauer, Wolfgang ; Cambini, Carlo ; Grajek, Michał


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/43471
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-434716
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 17-028
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: L96 , L51,
Keywords (English): Internet access market , access regulation , investment , infrastructure , next generation networks , broadband , telecoms , cable operators and Europe
Abstract: In this paper we study how the coexistence of access regulations for legacy (copper)and fiber networks shapes the incentives to invest in network infrastructure. To this end, we develop a theoretical model explaining investment incentives by incumbent telecom operators and heterogeneous entrants and test its main predictions using panel data from 27 EU member states over the last decade. Our theoretical model extends the existing literature by, among other things, allowing for heterogeneous entrants in internet access markets, as we consider both other telecom and cable TV operators as entrants. In the empirical part, we use a novel data set including information on physical fiber network investments, legacy network access regulation and recently imposed fiber access regulations. Our main finding is that more stringent access regulations for both the legacy and the fiber networks harm investments by incumbent telecom operators, but, in line with our theoretical model, do not affect cable TV operators.

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Briglauer, Wolfgang ; Cambini, Carlo ; Grajek, Michał (2017) Speeding up the internet : regulation and investment in European fiber optic infrastructure. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 17-028 [Working paper]
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