Assessing the Impact of Internet Telephony on the Deployment of Telecommunications Infrastructure

NET Institute Working Paper No. 03-4

36 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2004

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Martha Garcia-Murillo

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Date Written: February 2004

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to determine whether Internet telephony has had a negative impact on a country's telecommunications infrastructure. Using panel data the statistical analysis shows that call-back did not have a negative effect on infrastructure and high income countries benefited from that technology. Internet telephony shows a negative impact in high and lower middle income countries but at such a small scale that governments should not be concerned. Additionally the year variables show that for all income levels infrastructure has increased which means that if this technology will show any negative effects it will be in a gradual manner and should give carriers enough time to adjust their practices.

Keywords: Regulation, Internet telephony, call-back, infrastructure, teledensity

JEL Classification: O14, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Murillo, Martha A., Assessing the Impact of Internet Telephony on the Deployment of Telecommunications Infrastructure (February 2004). NET Institute Working Paper No. 03-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=584882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.584882

Martha A. Garcia-Murillo (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies ( email )

220 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
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