Entries in Broadband (17)


Avoiding a regulatory chimera

In this paper for Chorus, Brian Williamson reviews the proposed approach to fibre regulation in New Zealand which would involve a combination of an anchor product, revenue cap and passive access (on commercial terms). The paper concludes that the proposed set of remedies would be overly constraining on service and pricing flexibility, and that a lower service level anchor product alone would be sufficient, without the addition of a revenue cap.


Consumer lock-in for fixed broadband

In this report for the CCIA, Rob Kenny and Aileen Dennis considered the barriers to switching in fixed broadband. Such barriers are important since many regulators expect consumers to 'police' ISP behaviours, such as traffic management policies and net neutrality violations, by switching to another provider if those policies do them harm. However, if switching barriers are high, consumers may not switch even in the face of such harm.

The report considers:


  • Which types of switching barriers are present in broadband
  • Whether ISP practices and statements suggest they believe switching barriers are high
  • Levels of switching between providers
  • The likelihood of switching in response to a decline in quality


The report also uses new consumer research to quantify broadband switching barriers, finding that for consumers in France, Germany and Italy they are equivalent to a cost of €183.


Costs and benefits of FTTH in the UK

On behalf of NESTA, Rob Kenny prepared a paper examining the trade-offs of FTTH deployment in the UK, taking into account evidence on the benefits of faster broadband; the costs of FTTH deployment and the dynamic nature of the decision. The paper includes policy recommendations


Evidence to the House of Lords re Superfast

Robert Kenny will be giving oral evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee's inquiry into superfast broadband. His written evidence is available here.


Examining WIK's bandwidth demand forecast

As part of its wholesale local access market review, Ofcom recently published a bandwidth demand forecast by WIK. This forecast claimed that 40% of UK households would require 1Gbps or more downstream in 2025, and 82% would require 300 Mbps or more.

Such figures are appreciably above other forecasts. This note from Communications Chambers looks at WIK's assumptions and methodology to understand why.