Empty Networks: About Dying Fixed Infrastructure

Posted: 1 Apr 2015

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N.A.N.M. van Eijk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Henk Doorenspleet

Cooperative & Sustainable Business of Rabobank

Date Written: March 30, 2015

Abstract

In the paper, further factual data is provided, showing the impact of convergence and ‘triple play’ on the broadband networks, resulting in a disruptive situation where both networks are ‘underused’. The guarantees are questioned for the replacement of the existing local loops (both originally built by (local) government) in a market-driven environment, making it more difficult to reach the goals of a future-proof telecommunications infrastructure. In this context, we question the success of the European regulatory intervention to the extent that it was supposed to introduce healthy infrastructure competition. An improved ‘quality of service’ approach is suggested as a possible remedy.

Keywords: telecommunications, competition, empty networks, regulation, Europe

JEL Classification: K19; K20; L96; L98

Suggested Citation

van Eijk, N.A.N.M. and Doorenspleet, Henk, Empty Networks: About Dying Fixed Infrastructure (March 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2587407

N.A.N.M. Van Eijk (Contact Author)

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Henk Doorenspleet

Cooperative & Sustainable Business of Rabobank ( email )

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