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Factors of broadband development and the design of a strategic policy framework


  • Trkman, Peter
  • Jerman Blazic, Borka
  • Turk, Tomaz


The paper analyses the household use of broadband technology and services in EU countries in an attempt to find the main reasons which explain the differences seen among countries. With the use of factor analysis, the underlying factors are identified as: (1) enablers and means; (2) the use of services; and (3) the ICT sector's development. Based on these findings, a two-dimensional framework that enables the classification of policy actions depending on the influencing factor and type of influence is developed. The framework can be used to analyse what is the appropriate set of policies at the national and regional governmental levels leading towards the better diffusion of new broadband (BB) technologies and services.

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  • Trkman, Peter & Jerman Blazic, Borka & Turk, Tomaz, 2008. "Factors of broadband development and the design of a strategic policy framework," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 101-115, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:32:y:2008:i:2:p:101-115

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    2. Maria Concepcion GARCIA-JIMENEZ & Jose Luis GOMEZ-BARROSO, 2009. "Universal Service in a Broader Perspective: The European Digital Divide," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(2), pages 155-165.
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    4. Sangwon Lee & Justin S. Brown, 2008. "The Diffusion of Fixed Broadband: An Empirical Analysis," Working Papers 08-19, NET Institute, revised Sep 2008.
    5. Lee, Jong-Ho & Garrett, Tony C. & Self, Donald R. & Findley Musgrove, Carolyn S. (Casey), 2012. "Expressive versus instrumental functions on technology attractiveness in the UK and Korea," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(11), pages 1600-1605.
    6. Pratompong Srinuan & Chalita Srinuan & Erik Bohlin, 2011. "The Mobile Broadband and Fixed Broadband Battle in Swedish Market: Complementary or substitution?," RSCAS Working Papers 2011/36, European University Institute.
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    9. Haucap, Justus & Heimeshoff, Ulrich, 2017. "Ordnungspolitik in der digitalen Welt," DICE Ordnungspolitische Perspektiven 90, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).


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