A new paper by Frontier (Europe), forthcoming in the academic journal Telecommunications Policy, has today been published online. The study, co-authored by Tom Ovington, Juana Santamaría and Luigi Stammati from Frontier and Professor Ron Smith of Birkbeck, University of London, examines how inter-platform and intra-platform competition influence the take-up of broadband in Europe. Telecommunications Policy is a leading international journal focused on theoretical and empirical analysis of the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector.
The paper finds that both inter-platform (where entrants set up alternative networks) and intra-platform (where entrants rely on access to an incumbent’s network) competition have enhanced broadband penetration. The authors also find evidence of a ‘crowding out’ effect between these two different forms of competition: intra-platform competition is less effective in enhancing broadband penetration in areas where alternative networks already have a significant share of broadband lines.
Frontier (Europe) regularly advises clients on issues to do with competition and regulation in the telecommunications sector.
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