International Broadband Deployment: The Impact of Unbundling

Communications & Strategies, No. 57, p. 83, 2005

TPRC 2003

23 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2007

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Martha Garcia-Murillo

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Abstract

This paper shows that unbundling an incumbent's infrastructure only results in a substantial improvement in broadband deployment for middle-income countries, but not for their high income counterparts. Our statistical analysis of approximately 100 countries showed that GDP per capita, population, competition and unbundling are all factors that can lead a carrier to provide broadband services in a country. The logit models show that unbundling has a significant positive impact on the availability of broadband services. The OLS analysis indicates that GDP per capita, population size, price, competition, the percentage of dial-up Internet users, and hosts all have positive effects on the number of subscribers. One implication of these results is that if a policy is to be implemented to promote broadband, it should either foster competition through unbundling and/or reduced prices. Efforts to develop local content can also improve broadband adoption.

Keywords: broadband, unbundling, competition

JEL Classification: L51, L96, L43

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Murillo, Martha A., International Broadband Deployment: The Impact of Unbundling. Communications & Strategies, No. 57, p. 83, 2005; TPRC 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977405

Martha A. Garcia-Murillo (Contact Author)

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