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An Empirical Assessment of Competitive Entry in European Broadband Markets

33 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2011  

Bruno Soria

NERA Economic Consulting

Inmaculada de la Cruz

Telefónica

Alberto Raña

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: L96, L50, K23

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1788275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1788275

Bruno Soria (Contact Author)

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Inmaculada De la Cruz

Telefónica ( email )

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Madrid, Madrid E-28050
Spain

Alberto Raña

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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