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Introduction

Governments around the world are encouraging the rollout of wholesale-only broadband networks. The operators and regulators of these networks must avoid any return to the old monopoly mindset.

Highlights

  • Governments are seeking economic and social benefits of increased broadband penetration

Features and Benefits

  • Compares a variety of national governments' approaches to national broadband network rollout.
  • Suggests steps to be taken to avoid national broadband network operators succumbing to the temptation of the easy life of a monopolistic operator.

Key questions answered

  • Which governments around the world are investing in national broadband networks and why?
  • At New Zealand's Chorus, what was done to stimulate demand for its broadband access services?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Governments seek economic and social benefits of increased broadband penetration
  • Monopolistic behavior by national broadband networks risks failure to achieve stated objectives
  • Need for action to stimulate demand and provide value-added support for retail service providers

Appendix

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