Journal of Regulatory Economics

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 51–79 | Cite as

The impact of regulation and competition on the adoption of fiber-based broadband services: recent evidence from the European union member states

  • Wolfgang Briglauer
Original Article


Fiber deployment of next-generation high-speed broadband networks is considered to be a decisive development for any information-based society, yet investment activities and especially the adoption of fiber-based broadband services take place only very gradually in most countries. This work employs static and dynamic model specifications and identifies the most important determinants of the adoption of fiber-based broadband services with recent panel data from the European Union member states for the years from 2004 to 2012. The results show that the more effective previous broadband access regulation is, the more negative the impact on adoption, while competitive pressure from mobile networks affects adoption in a non-linear manner. Finally, we also find evidence for substantial network effects underlying the adoption process.


Next generation communications networks Regulation   Competition Fiber adoption 


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The author is grateful to two anonymous referees as well as to Klaus Gugler and Georg Ecker for their helpful comments. Furthermore, the author is grateful for the suggestions of the participants at the 2nd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructure Industries at the EUI in Florence and the 24th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society in Florence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Research Institute for Regulatory EconomicsVienna University of Economics and Business (WU)ViennaAustria

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