Regulation and Investment in Next Generation Access Networks: Recent Evidence from the European Member States

Briglauer, Wolfgang and Ecker, Georg and Gugler, Klaus (2011) Regulation and Investment in Next Generation Access Networks: Recent Evidence from the European Member States. Working Papers / Research Institute for Regulatory Economics, 2011,4. Forschungsinstitut für Regulierungsökonomie, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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Fiber-deployment of future telecommunications networks ("Next Generation Access" - NGA) is currently a major challenge for sector-specific regulators as well as for investing firms. Although the future socio-economic importance of new telecommunications networks is uncontroversial, the related investment activities vary substantially in international comparison. This work intends to identify the most important determinants of previous NGA deployment using data from the EU27 member states for the years 2005 to 2010. For our analysis, we employ latest data on NGA deployment, relevant competition and regulatory indicators as well as other supply and demand side controls. Our econometric model incorporates: i) aggregated country level data; ii) structurally modeled dynamics of the deployment process which allows us to disentangle long-term and short-term effects; finally, iii) we argue that there is no endogeneity problem with respect to investment activities and regulation since we refer to regulation in preceding broadband markets. For our econometric analysis, we employ several dynamic panel data methods, such as GMM and LSDVC. Our results indicate that stricter previous broadband access regulation has a negative impact on NGA deployment. As regards the dynamics of the adjustment process, we find that there are severe adjustment costs and stickiness towards the desired long-term level of NGA infrastructure. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: next generation telecommunications networks / sector-specific regulation / competition / investment / EU / Telekommunikationswirtschaft / Regulierung / Breitbandkommunikation / optische Nachrichtentechnik / Lichtleitfaser / Investition conditions
Classification Codes: RVK QR 720 ; JEL H5, L38, L43, L52
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Regulierungsökonomie
Depositing User: Dissertation Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 12:34
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41


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