Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Investment Under Uncertainty and Regulation of New Access Networks

Peitz, Martin
Volume: 26
Pages: 28 - 41
Month: March
ISSN-Print: 0167-6245
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2014
Keywords: NGA; Investment under uncertainty; Access price rule; Telecommunications

Contractual and regulatory provisions for access affect incentives to invest in an upgraded network and, in particular, a next-generation access network. Investment decisions are made under uncertainty and have to be made over time. This papers provides a framework for taking uncertainty, risk aversion, and the timing of investment explicitly into account. First, it evaluates various access price policies in a framework in which the incremental value over the legacy network is uncertain. There, policies that make usage by non-investing firms optional must ensure as well that this optionality is efficiently used. Second, introducing risk aversion, the access price structure turns out to be critical for the risk profile of the investing telecom operator and of the access-seeking alternative operator. Third, some implications of the time structure of access payments are derived. Policies must ensure that non-investing firms do not excessively delay seeking access. Generally, efficiency of usage can be increased when making fees contingent on observable characteristics of market development. To the extent that this is not based on volume, this need not dampen competition.