Socio-economic impact of fibre-to-the-home

Acreo Swedish ICT

Stockholm (Kista)

IT Teknik Ekonomi

This thesis project will analyse the impact of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment and the open access business model on a number of socio-economic indicators in municipalities across Sweden and Europe. The study will be performed by analysing data collected by a survey among a large number of municipalities, as well as other databases like Statistics Sweden’s, mainly by means of regression analysis.

 

Project description
The Internet is argued to be a revolutionary technological development that will have an impact on many dimensions of life. In some countries this awareness has matured into a political persuasion that is directly or indirectly driving the development of broadband access, and in particular of future-proof Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH). The large investments required to deploy FTTH however, combined with the pressing calls for future access networks to be open to competition, is putting in question the traditional business model of vertically integrated telecommunications operators.

 

Alternative business models have been experimented with in recent years, and especially the so-called “open access” model, in which the roles of the service provider (SP) and the network owner are separated, and the service providers get access to network and the end customers on fair and non-discriminatory conditions. Furthermore, the roles of active and passive network operation can be separated into a technology-savvy network provider (NP) and a capital-intensive physical infrastructure provider (PIP). Depending on the specific configuration of the business actors and their value networks, different FTTH networks will work with different business-model flavours, and will be open at different levels. A large number of municipal access networks have been deployed in Sweden over the last 10 years. In this project we aim at studying these networks, and to investigate whether FTTH does indeed lead to socio-economic benefits, and whether these are positively related to the degree of openness.

The project will analyse data collected by Acreo by means of a survey among Municipal Administrations, Municipal Network Operators, and Housing Companies; as well as completing data from other sources such as Statistics Sweden and the Swedish regulator (PTS). The data will be processed by means of regression analysis, and the results will be analysed together with Acreo’s researchers and market analysts. The ambition is to produce a report that can be of interest for the FTTH industry, the research community, as well as the public administration and the civil society at large.

 

Required skills and background
The thesis can be performed by a single student or by a pair (total 30 credits). A more exhaustive project can also be defined for two students wishing to complete 30 credits each. Successful candidates have an interest and education background in macro-economics, business economics and econometrics (multivariate regression analysis will be the major tool of analysis), a curiosity about technology and its impact on society, and an ability to work independently and to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds. Good knowledge of English or Swedish (preferably both) is essential.

 

Interviews and selection: 10-15 December 2013

Project start and duration: January 2013 – May 2013 (20 weeks full time, corresponding to 30 ECTS credits)

More about the project and Acreo ICT: The project will be performed at Acreo’s premises in Kista. Retribution of 18,000 SEK will be paid at project completion. Acreo is one of Europe's top research institutes, providing breaking edge results within the fields of ICT technology, business and society. Acreo values gender and ethnic diversity.


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