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Germany's broadband networks - innovation on hold

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  • Stefan Heng

    (Deutsche Bank)

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The market for information and communication technologies is changing rapidly. Products and applications that used to be completely separate are becoming almost interchangeable. Sweeping change lies ahead in voice and data telephony: the fixed-line telephone network faces new competition from innovative technologies. In this report we concentrate on analysing the economic potential of TV-cable and powerline networks as internet-access media, and discuss the prospects for the communications market. Besides looking into the technological developments, we examine the market relevance of existing ownership and competitive structures.

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  • Stefan Heng, 2004. "Germany's broadband networks - innovation on hold," Law and Economics 0407003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwple:0407003 Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 10
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    Keywords

    ICT; cable; Germany; Broadband;

    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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