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The Geography of Internet Infrastructure: An Evolutionary Simulation Approach Based on Preferential Attachment

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  • Sandra Vinciguerra

    (Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, P.O. Box 80115, Utrecht, 3508 TC, The Netherlands, s.vinciguerra@geo.uu.nl)

  • Koen Frenken

    (Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 80, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, k.frenken@tue.nl)

  • Marco Valente

    (Marco Valente is in the Department of Economics, University of L'Aquila, p.le del santuario 19, L'Aquila, 67040, Italy, valente.marco@gmail.com)

Abstract

In this paper, the evolution of infrastructure networks is modelled as a preferential attachment process. It is assumed that geographical distance and country borders provide barriers to link formation in infrastructure networks. The model is validated against empirical data on the European Internet infrastructure network covering 209 cities. The average path length and average clustering coefficient of the observed network are successfully simulated. Furthermore, the simulated network shows a significant correlation with the observed European Internet infrastructure network. The paper ends with a discussion on the future uses of preferential attachment models in the light of the literature on world cities and global cities.

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Article provided by Urban Studies Journal Limited in its journal Urban Studies.

Volume (Year): 47 (2010)
Issue (Month): 9 (August)
Pages: 1969-1984

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Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:47:y:2010:i:9:p:1969-1984

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  1. Emmanouil Tranos & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "The Death of Distance Revisited: Cyberplace, Physical and Relational Proximities," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-066/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Cilem Selin Hazir, 2011. "Conceptualizing the Role of Geographical Proximity in Project Based R&D Networks: A Literature Survey," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1616, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Emmanouil Tranos & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "The Death of Distance Revisited: Cyberplace, Physical and Relational Proximities," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-066/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Cilem Selin Hazir & Corinne Autant-Bernard, 2013. "Network Formation and Geography : Modelling Approaches, Underlying Conceptions, Recent and Promising Extensions," Working Papers 1312, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  5. Corinne Autant-Bernard & Cilem Selin Hazir, 2013. "Network Formation and Geography : Modelling Approaches, Underlying Conceptions, Recent and Promising Extensions," Working Papers halshs-00803536, HAL.

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