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Calculating the Long-run Incremental Cost of Interconnection Using a Network Cost Simulation Model

W. W. Sharkey D. Mark Kennet
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: William W. Sharkey and David Mark Kennet ()

No 9, Computing in Economics and Finance 2001 from Society for Computational Economics

Abstract: As the world's telecommunication providers privatize, governments turn toward regulatory mechanisms to resolve interconnection disputes. Following provisions of the World Trade Organization agreement, these decisions are supposed to be decided on the basis of "cost;" however, the language employed requiring this standard is rather poorly defined. We develop an engineering-economic model of an interoffice telephone network suitable for calculating interconnection cost. The model utilizes the method of simulated annealing described by Metropolis et al. to determine an "optimal" SONET ring. Using actual switch location data for Maryland we calculate such a network and demonstrate its incremental cost for interconnection. The results may be applied in a variety of tariff formats; we argue for a multipart tariff as most closely representing the cost structure of modern networks and offering flexibility in creating incentives for network buildout in a developing country context.

Keywords: engineering-economic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C6 L9 L5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-04-01
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