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Analysis of an integrated plan for expanding broadband access in Colombia


  • Gómez-Torres, Lina-María
  • Beltrán, Fernando


Colombian telecommunications exhibit remarkable growth in the mobile sector and television market evolution and some degree of stagnation in fixed telephony and broadband access. Only recently the Colombian government has started to seriously address the need to deploy a plan for rapid and effective broadband growth, adding to the worldwide wave of government planned investments on fibre-optic broadband access expansion. This paper analyses the current state of the Colombian government’s broadband plan, named Vive Digital, comparing its proposed actions with the plans and achievements of three OECD countries’ experiences on broadband policies. Several aspects, either collectively or individually, from the three international cases are used as guidelines of what an integrated, efficient broadband policy may be. The analysis takes consideration of the contextual differences between the studied cases for the benefit of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the Colombian plan, and is focused on the incentive structure needed to advance the development of infrastructure, services, applications and user involvement.

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  • Gómez-Torres, Lina-María & Beltrán, Fernando, 2011. "Analysis of an integrated plan for expanding broadband access in Colombia," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(9), pages 871-882.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:35:y:2011:i:9:p:871-882
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2011.06.010

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    1. World Bank, 2009. "2009 Information and Communications for Development : Extending Reach and Increasing Impact," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2636.
    2. Falch, Morten & Henten, Anders, 2010. "Public private partnerships as a tool for stimulating investments in broadband," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(9), pages 496-504, October.
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    1. Beltrán, Fernando, 2012. "Open access networks and national broadband plans: Tales from down," 19th ITS Biennial Conference, Bangkok 2012: Moving Forward with Future Technologies - Opening a Platform for All 72525, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).


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