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A CDS approach to induce facilities-based competition over NGA networks

Markos Tselekounis (), Dimitris Varoutas () and Drakoulis Martakos

Telecommunications Policy, 2014, vol. 38, issue 3, 311-331

Abstract: The current regulatory framework in the European NGA market provides the basic principles for the gradual migration from service-based competition over the legacy copper access networks to facilities-based competition over fiber-based Next Generation Access (NGA) networks. This paper initially reviews the related literature and shows that: (i) an unbundling policy that boosts entry by alternative operators promotes service-based competition but provides operators with disincentives to invest in network upgrade; (ii) there is no consensus about the optimal regulatory policy that promotes competition and encourages investments in NGA networks; and (iii) the reviewed research articles are not consistent with the current regulatory framework in the European NGA market in terms of both the evolution of the regulatory goals over time and the recommended regulatory settings. This paper aims to propose a novel approach in order to effectively meet the current regulatory goals using the recommended settings. It is shown that the proposed approach, which is based on the basic principles governing a Credit Default Swap (CDS), provides an effective migration path towards facilities-based competition over NGA networks.

Keywords: Access regulation; Credit Default Swap (CDS); Facilities-based competition; Investment incentives; Next Generation Access Networks (NGA) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2013.09.007

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