Spatial Dispersion of Peering Clusters in the European Internet

Cambridge Economics Working Paper No. CWPE 0601

29 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2006

See all articles by Alessio D'Ignazio

Alessio D'Ignazio

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics

Emanuele Giovannetti

Anglia Ruskin University - Institute for International Management Practice, LAIBS

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

We study the role played by geographical distance in the peering decisions between Internet Service Providers. Firstly, we assess whether or not the Internet industry shows clustering in peering; we then concentrate on the dynamics of the agglomeration process by studying the effects of bilateral distance in changing the morphology of existing peering patterns. Our results show a dominance of random spatial patterns in peering agreements. The sign of the effect of distance on the peering decision, driving the agglomeration/dispersion process, depends, however, on the initial level of clustering. We show that clustered patterns will disperse in the long run.

Keywords: Internet, Peering, clustering, agglomeration, Networks, IXP

JEL Classification: C21, C25, D85, L86, R12, Z13

Suggested Citation

D'Ignazio, Alessio and Giovannetti, Emanuele, Spatial Dispersion of Peering Clusters in the European Internet (January 2006). Cambridge Economics Working Paper No. CWPE 0601. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=885928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.885928

Alessio D'Ignazio

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

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Emanuele Giovannetti (Contact Author)

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

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 1PT
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/aibs/staff_profiles/all_staff/emanuele_giovannetti.html

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