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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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Data and Modeling Challenges in International Comparisons

Data and Modeling Challenges in International Comparisons

(p.88) Chapter 5 Data and Modeling Challenges in International Comparisons
Beyond Broadband Access

Johannes M. Bauer

Sungjoong Kim

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines two particularly testing problems affecting cross-national comparisons of advanced communication services: the increasing importance of service and price differentiation, particularly the reliance on multipart self-selection tariffs, and the challenges created by institutional diversity for making sense of comparative observations. It introduces a new metric, known as the lowest expenditure frontier (LEF), to address some of the challenges of designing good metrics, and advocates methodological pluralism to mitigate the latter. The chapter first considers the use of benchmarking to periodically assess the effects of policy and regulation on broadband before turning to a discussion of the challenges arising from the increasing heterogeneity and differentiation of advanced communication services. It then describes three approaches used to compare the prices of advanced communication services: selection of a representative price (for example, for a three-minute call) or a representative plan; reliance on an average aggregate measure, such as the average revenue per user (ARPU); and the use of a basket of calls whose cost is then calculated for different countries. Finally, it illustrates the LEF using the case of mobile voice communications.

Keywords:   advanced communication services, service differentiation, price differentiation, self-selection tariffs, lowest expenditure frontier, metrics, benchmarking, broadband, average revenue per user, mobile voice communications

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