The Efficiency and Effectiveness of a Mixed Public-Private Broadband Deployment: The Case of New Zealand's Ultra Fast Broadband Deployment

8 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

Date Written: February 15, 2016

Abstract

Although it is widely accepted that the future telecommunications access infrastructure relies heavily on Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), its deployment is compromised because it requires substantial investment. As such, if the decision to go ahead with the investment is made, the partners involved should make sure the deployment and operations are performed as efficiently and effectively as possible, to ensure both economic and social viability. A deployment is efficient if achieved at minimum expense and is effective if it reaches the outlined goals. This paper analyses the impact of policy decisions affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of New Zealand’s public-private partnership in charge of building up a nationwide FTTH network: the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network. The paper concludes that in the context of such type of partnership a trade-off exists between efficiency and effectiveness. Although both concepts are well suited for assessing the performance of large-scale projects such as FTTH rollouts, they are not necessarily always aligned.

Keywords: Fiber-to-the-Home, broadband policy, efficiency, effectiveness, New Zealand

JEL Classification: L96

Suggested Citation

Van der Wee, Marlies and Beltrán, Fernando, The Efficiency and Effectiveness of a Mixed Public-Private Broadband Deployment: The Case of New Zealand's Ultra Fast Broadband Deployment (February 15, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2732829

Marlies Van der Wee

Ghent University - imec ( email )

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Fernando Beltrán (Contact Author)

University of Auckland ( email )

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Auckland, 1010
New Zealand
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