Antitrust Analysis for the Internet Upstream Market: a BGP Approach
AbstractIn this paper we study concentration in the European Internet upstream access market. Measurement of market concentration depends on correctly defining the market, but this is not always possible as Antitrust authorities often lack reliable pricing and traffic data. We present an alternative approach based on the inference of the Internet Operators interconnection policies using micro-data sourced from their Border Gateway Protocol tables. Firstly we propose a price-independent algorithm for defining both the vertical and geographical relevant market boundaries, then we calculate market concentration indexes using two novel metrics. These assess, for each undertaking, both its role in terms of essential network facility and of wholesale market dominance. The results, applied to four leading Internet Exchange Points in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan, show that some vertical segments of these markets are extremely competitive, while others are highly concentrated, putting them within the special attention category of the Merger Guidelines.
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Network Industries; Internet; Market Concentration; Essential Facilities; BGP;
Other versions of this item:
- Alessio D'Ignazio & Emanuele Giovannetti, 2005. "Antitrust Analysis for the Internet Upstream Market: a BGP Approach," Working Papers 37, Economic Research Southern Africa.
- D'Ignazio, Alessio & Giovannetti, Emanuele, 2006. "Antitrust Analysis for the Internet Upstream Market: A BGP Approach," Working paper 301, Regulation2point0.
- K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
- L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General
- L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
- L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2005-11-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-COM-2005-11-19 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-IND-2005-11-19 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-LAW-2005-11-19 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-MIC-2005-11-19 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-NET-2005-11-19 (Network Economics)
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