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Estimating broadband diffusion in the EU using NUTS1 regional data


  • Magali Dauvin and Lukasz Grzybowski


In this paper we use panel data on NUTS 1 regional data for 27 EU countries in the years 2006-2010 to analyze determinants of broadband diffusion. We estimate both linear demand specification and the logistic diffusion function. We find that, after controlling for regional differences due to socioeconomic factors, inter-platform competition approximated by an inter-platform Herfindahl index has a significant positive impact on broadband diffusion. Broadband deployment is lower in countries in which DSL has a greater share in Internet access and it is higher in countries in which cable modem has a greater share in Internet access. Moreover, we find that competition between DSL providers has a significant and positive impact on broadband penetration. First, higher prices for a fully unbundled local loop connection, which represent the cost of providing copper-based Internet services, have a significant and negative impact on broadband penetration. Second, a greater incumbent share in DSL connections has a significant and negative impact on broadband penetration.

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  • Magali Dauvin and Lukasz Grzybowski, 2014. "Estimating broadband diffusion in the EU using NUTS1 regional data," Working Papers 407, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:407

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    1. Joan Calzada & Begoña García-Mariñoso & Jordi Ribé & Rafael Rubio-Campillo & David Suarez, 2017. "Fiber deployment in Spain," UB Economics Working Papers 2017/364, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB Economics.
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    Broadband diffusion; Inter-platform competition; Intra-platform competition;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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