Asymmetry and Discrimination in Internet Peering: Evidence from the LINX

Posted: 30 Apr 2012

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Emanuele Giovannetti

Anglia Ruskin University - Institute for International Management Practice, LAIBS

Alessio D'Ignazio

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics

Date Written: April 30, 2009

Abstract

Is the quality of interconnection between Internet operators affected by their asymmetry? While recent game theoretic literature provides contrasting answers to this question, there is a lack of empirical research. We introduce a novel dataset based on Internet routing policies, and study the interconnection decisions amongst the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that are members of the London Internet Exchange Point (LINX). Our results show that interconnection quality degradation can be significantly explained by asymmetry between providers.We also show that Competition Authorities should also focus on the “centrality of an operator”, and not only on its market share.

Suggested Citation

Giovannetti, Emanuele and D'Ignazio, Alessio, Asymmetry and Discrimination in Internet Peering: Evidence from the LINX (April 30, 2009). International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 27, No. pp441-448, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2048503

Emanuele Giovannetti (Contact Author)

Anglia Ruskin University - Institute for International Management Practice, LAIBS ( email )

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Alessio D'Ignazio

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics ( email )

Austin Robinson Building
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

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