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Broadband: Europe needs more than DSL


  • Stefan Heng

    (Deutsche Bank)


Efficient broadband technologies such as DSL, fibre, cable modem, powerline communications, UMTS, WLAN or WiMax are powerful locational factors for an economy. Europe in particular should promote broadband communication further to tap into its growth potential. But given the prevailing ownership structures in fixed wire business, the promotion of broadband must not concentrate exclusively on DSL. Rather, its impact should be technology-neutral.

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  • Stefan Heng, 2005. "Broadband: Europe needs more than DSL," Industrial Organization 0508015, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0508015
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    communications; technology; broadband; DSL; cable modem; FTTH; regulation authority; liberalisation; deregulation; convergence;

    JEL classification:

    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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