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Rollout and regulation of Fibre-To-The-Premises networks. Insights from the Spanish case.
Año:2019
Áreas de investigación
  • Telecomunicación
Datos
Descripción
In 2017, the coverage of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure reached 71% of households in Spain, surpassing most of the other Member States of the European Union (EU) and only outweighed by Portugal, Latvia and Lithuania. This article analyses the factors that have contributed to the deployment of these fibre networks by both the incumbent and the alternative operators that previously relied on the Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) of copper cables. An investment-friendly regulatory framework, which did not mandate access to the optical loops, and a telecommunications market comprised of dissimilar actors in the fixed and mobile segments, have been key to the deployment of FTTP networks in Spain. Additionally, based on historical coverage data, we test retrospectively, the sensitivity of geographic market segmentation to the time of the analysis and criteria for potential NGA competition. As per the analysis, the unregulated area where facility-based competition may be expected range between 23% and 61% of the premises upon the case. We discuss the implications of having mandated a Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA) to New Generation Access (NGA) infrastructure in 2013, examining the most likely operators' strategies. We conclude that, in the Spanish market, an earlier regulation would have reinforced inter-platform NGA competition at the expense of more limited coverage. The analysis can provide policy-makers with useful insights about the trade-off between coverage and infrastructure competition.
Internacional
Si
JCR del ISI
Si
Título de la revista
Telecommunications Policy
ISSN
0308-5961
Factor de impacto JCR
Información de impacto
Q1
Volumen
43
DOI
10.1016/j.telpol.2018.07.005
Número de revista
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225
Hasta la página
237
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Participantes
  • Autor: Zoraida Frias Barroso (UPM)
  • Autor: Jorge Emiliano Perez Martinez (UPM)
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  • Creador: Departamento: Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones
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