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Triple play: How do we secure future benefits?


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  • Janssen, Maarten C.W.
  • Mendys-Kamphorst, Ewa


Recent technological developments make it possible to provide all telecommunications services (TV, telephony and internet) via the TV cable and fixed telephony network. Moreover, a new infrastructure based on optical fibre (to the home) is emerging in some places, which may in the future replace both existing networks. Making use of the available economic literature, the paper analyzes some of the consequences of the emergence of one electronic communications market. It focuses on two policy issues: the consequences of convergence of technologies and competition between networks for regulation in the short and medium runs, and the role of public investment in the rollout of optical fibre. It concludes that the present state of regulation may have some undesirable effects in the face of convergence and that public investment in a new general purpose infrastructure may have important advantages.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
Issue (Month): 11 (December)
Pages: 735-743

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Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:32:y:2008:i:11:p:735-743

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Keywords: Infrastructure competition Regulation Investment Public ownership Optical fibre;


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  1. Tözer, Ayhan & Göktaylar, Yavuz, 2011. "Assessment of sectoral innovation systems approach: The case of Turkish internet service market," 22nd European Regional ITS Conference, Budapest 2011: Innovative ICT Applications - Emerging Regulatory, Economic and Policy Issues 52179, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  2. Paul de Bijl, 2011. "Broadband Policy in the Light of the Dutch Experience with Telecommunications Liberalization," CPB Discussion Paper 169, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  3. Annemijn van GORP & Catherine MIDDLETON, 2010. "Fiber to the Home Unbundling and Retail Competition: Developments in the Netherlands," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(78), pages 87-106, 2nd quart.


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