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The Geography of Internet Infrastructure: An evolutionary simulation approach based on preferential attachment

  • Sandra Vinciguerra


  • Koen Frenken


  • Marco Valente


We model the evolution of infrastructure networks as a preferential attachment process. We assume 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. We successfully simulate the average path length and average clustering coefficient of the observed network. Furthermore, the simulated network shows a significant correlation with the observed European Internet infrastructure network. We end 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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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1006.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
Date of revision: Apr 2010
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1006
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