nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2013‒04‒06
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. “Determinants of Broadband Access: Is Platform Competition always the Key Variable to Success?” By Xavier Fageda; Rafael Rubio; Montserrat Termes
  2. Technology convergence and digital divides. A country-level evidence for the period 2000-2010. By Ewa Lechman; ; ;

  1. By: Xavier Fageda (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona); Rafael Rubio (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona); Montserrat Termes (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)
    Abstract: Previous studies have identified the rivalry among technological platforms as one of the main driving forces of broadband services penetration. This paper draws on data from the Spanish market between 2005 and 2011 to estimate the main determinants of broadband prices. Controlling for broadband tariffs features and network variables, we examine the impact of the different modes of competition on prices. We find that inter-platform competition has no significant effects over prices, while intra-platform competition is a key driver of the prices charged in the broadband market. Our analysis suggests that the impact of different types of competition on prices is critically affected by the levels of development of the broadband market achieved by the considered country.
    Keywords: broadband prices, inter-platform competition, intra-platform competition. JEL classification: L38, L51, L96
    Date: 2013–03
  2. By: Ewa Lechman; (Gdansk university of Technology, Gdansk, Poland); ;
    Abstract: The paper, mostly empirical in nature, investigates issues on cross-national new information and communication technologies (ICTs) adoption patterns and growth directions. In the period of 2000-2010, a great number of countries underwent substantial changes on the field of ICTs implementation. Many of them made a great “jump” starting with almost “zero level” of ICTs adoption in year 2000, and during the 10 – year period were implementing ICTs at astonishingly high pace. Despite the obvious positive impact that ICTs have on overall society and economy condition, rapid changes can also generate higher inequalities on the field. The paper focuses mainly on capturing these changes. It also aims to confirm or reject the hypothesis on growing inter-country inequalities in ICTs adoption. The target of the paper is twofold. Firstly, we explain the magnitude of past and present differences in digitalization level among countries; secondly, we concentrate digital technology convergence. We apply three approaches to convergence – beta-convergence, sigma-convergence and quantile-convergence (q-convergence), to check if relative division between countries was growing or diminishing in the time span 2000-2010. Additionally we check if countries of the given sample tend to form convergence clubs in the relevant years. The analysis is run for the sample consisted of 145 economies and the time coverage is 2000-2010. All data applied in the research are drawn from the International Telecommunication Union statistical databases.
    Keywords: technology, convergence, ICTs, quantile convergence, clusters, technology clubs
    JEL: C22 O11 O50
    Date: 2013–03

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