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Broadband strategies in thin milieux: comparing nordic experiences


  • Heikki Eskelinen


  • Lauri Dieter Frank


  • Timo Hirvonen



Broadband infrastructures with a high transmission capacity are seen as a key precondition for the development of an information society, and therefore, their supply and availability have become important issues in public policies. The paper analyses the policy strategies applied in Finland and Sweden for promoting territorial rollout of broadband infrastructures. The experiences of these two countries can be seen to be of scientific interest and political relevance especially for the following two reasons: Both countries have been forerunners in the development of information society in general, and telecommunications in particular. Secondly, these two countries are sparsely populated, which is a most relevant conditioning factor in the rollout of broadband infrastructures characterised by nodal features. Despite the above-mentioned similarities of the two countries, they have applied quite different strategies in the rollout of broadband. In Sweden, the public sector has taken a more interventionist role than in Finland. This implies the question whether and how this difference can be seen in the territoriality of broadband supply. The paper attempts to answer this question, and provide conclusions for effective policy strategies. The paper is an outgrowth of the ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) project 1.2.2 “Telecommunications Services and Networks: Territorial Trends and Basic Supply of Infrastructure for Territorial Cohesion” (see:

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  • Heikki Eskelinen & Lauri Dieter Frank & Timo Hirvonen, 2004. "Broadband strategies in thin milieux: comparing nordic experiences," ERSA conference papers ersa04p257, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa04p257

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    1. Faulhaber, Gerald R & Hogendorn, Christiaan, 2000. "The Market Structure of Broadband Telecommunications," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(3), pages 305-329, September.
    2. S. Baranzoni & P. Bianchi & L. Lambertini, 2000. "Multiproduct Firms, Product Differentiation, and Market Structure," Working Papers 368, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
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    1. Timo Hirvonen & Lauri Frank, 2006. "The Territorial Availability and Diffusion of Broadband in Finland: Lessons From Finnish Broadband Policy," ERSA conference papers ersa06p761, European Regional Science Association.

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