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The usage of VoIP services and other communication services: An empirical analysis of Italian consumers

Grazia Cecere () and Nicoletta Corrocher ()

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2012, vol. 79, issue 3, 570-578

Abstract: This paper examines the early stages of VoIP usage by analyzing the relationship between the usage of VoIP services and other voice and non-voice communication services in Italy. In doing so, it aims at filling the gap in the empirical literature on the diffusion of VoIP among consumers and aims at investigating the relationship between VoIP adoption and the usage of telecom and Internet-related services. It relies upon a survey carried out among consumers in Italy in 2006. The use of VoIP is negatively associated with the usage of other voice communication services — mobile communications in particular, but shows some degree of complementarity with other non-voice (Internet-based) communication services, suggesting that familiarity with the web plays a significant and positive role in explaining the adoption of VoIP applications. Furthermore, individual users' technical skills, job position and communications' habits also matter in determining the adoption of VoIP.

Keywords: VoIP services; Italian consumers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L8 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.08.019

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