Ex-Ante Regulation and Co-Investment in the Transition to Next Generation Access
Telecom ParisTech; CREST
Politecnico di Torino & EUI - Florence School of Regulation; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)
Nova School of Business and Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
February 7, 2012
Investments in Next Generation Access Networks (NGANs) ask for a new set of regulatory remedies. This paper contributes to this debate by focusing on three issues: the migration from the legacy copper network to the NGA infrastructure, and how wholesale pricing regulation might affect this process; the introduction of differentiated wholesale remedies according to geographical differences in NGAN deployment; the impact of co-investment decisions on market outcomes and their interplay with access regulation. Using the recent economic literature, arguments and possible guidelines are proposed, which might be useful to regulators and policy makers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: next generation access networks, investment, access regulation
JEL Classification: L96, L51
Date posted: February 7, 2012
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