An Empirical Assessment of Competitive Entry in European Broadband Markets

Bruno Soria

NERA Economic Consulting

Inmaculada De la Cruz


Alberto Raña

affiliation not provided to SSRN

February 1, 2011

European broadband markets have developed over the last decade under an unbundling regulation that assumed that they were national in scope and that straight infrastructure-based entry was not feasible, so that the only way to reach full competition was for services-based providers to gradually climb a regulated “ladder of investment”. In this paper, we analyze the actual performance of both infrastructure and services-based entrants in Europe. We have found that there are two very different geographic markets within each country. In the largest area, full competition has been established: infrastructure-based entrants have been successful, despite regulatory handicaps, while services-based entrants only in very specific cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: regulation, competition, broadband, access networks, infrastructure-based

JEL Classification: L96, L50, K23

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Date posted: March 27, 2011  

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Soria, Bruno and de la Cruz, Inmaculada and Raña, Alberto, An Empirical Assessment of Competitive Entry in European Broadband Markets (February 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1788275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1788275

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Bruno Soria (Contact Author)
NERA Economic Consulting ( email )
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Alberto Raña
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