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The impact of intra-platform competition on broadband penetration

Tom Ovington, Ron Smith, Juana Santamaría and Luigi Stammati

Telecommunications Policy, 2017, vol. 41, issue 3, 185-196

Abstract: There has been an extensive debate about the role of broadband access regulation on market outcomes. This paper estimates the impact that the different modes of competition have had on broadband take-up to date, using a data set for EU27 countries. We find that ULL, which is one of main types of access-based competition in Europe, has had a positive impact on broadband take-up. However, the impact of ULL becomes smaller as its share increases. That is, ULL entry is less effective in areas where ULL take up is already high. Further, there is evidence of a crowding out effect between ULL and inter-platform competition. This means that ULL is less effective in enhancing broadband penetration in the areas where alternative networks already have a significant share of broadband lines.

Keywords: Regulation; Broadband; Competition; Telecommunications; Bitstream; Local loop unbundling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.01.002

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