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Thursday
Sep052013

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.

Friday
Feb262016

Evidence-based, light-touch regulation?

In February 2016 Ofcom published its Initial conclusions from the Strategic Review of Digital Communications. This response, by Rob Kenny and Brian Williamson, suggests that Ofcom's report does not live up to its aspirations to be evidence-based and light-touch.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Forecasting domestic UK broadband demand, 2013-2023

Communications Chambers were commissioned by the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) to develop a model (and summary report) that  seeks to forecast UK domestic demand for broadband capacity. As far as we are aware, it is the first such model to be put into the public domain. 

The model combines the usage profiles of various applications with the usage of profiles of individuals. These individual profiles are then combined into various household profiles. 156 household profiles are modelled in the report, based on demographics, intensity of use and TV type.  The household profiles have also been combined to create a picture of national demand.
The work was supported by BSkyB, BT, Ofcom, TalkTalk, Three and Vodafone.
You can download the model, report and press release below. Comment and feedback is invited.

You may also be interested in subsequent work using a similar methodology:

Thursday
Nov032016

FTTP's role in UK connectivity

In this paper for BT, Robert Kenny argues for a targeted approach to the deployment of FTTP in the UK. While FTTP undoubtedly has a role to play - on greenfield sites, for example - there is scant evidence that a 'blunt' deployment of FTTP across the UK will be worthwhile, particularly given the lower cost and rapidly developing capabilities of other technologies.

Sunday
Feb152015

Global Patterns of Broadband Pricing

Over a number of years, Communications Chambers has prepared data sets of fixed and mobile broadband pricing around the world. (The most recent iteration is available here).

In this paper, we analyse the data we collected, looking at a range of issues including:

 

  • How prices vary with GDP per capita
  • The dynamism of different markets, based on the rate of change of tariffs
  • How the unit cost of mobile data varies with data allowance, and how the marginal cost of fixed bandwidth varies
  • The global distribution of fixed broadband line speed offered