An Empirical Assessment of Competitive Entry in European Broadband Markets
NERA Economic Consulting
Inmaculada De la Cruz
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
Date posted: March 27, 2011
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