This chapter introduces the statistical analysis of a number of information and communication technologies (ICT) market indicators as a means to develop sound regulatory policies aiming to promote broadband take up. The chapter provides analysis of the concept of broadband, statistical analysis of ICT indicators, time series and cross-country series against broadband penetration, determination of conterminous factors with statistically significant influence over broadband penetration in European states, and derivation of calls for regulatory policy particular actions out of statistically significant relations. The overall aim of the chapter is to offer a way how ICT statistical data could be employed to suggest preconditions for possible practical solutions in the domain of broadband promotion and in this way to bring the rhetoric of statistics down to an operational level.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Regulatory Policy: Any government intervention in the market, particularly to limit or control behavior of market actors.
Broadband: A local access link performance which does not limit a user’s capability to run today’s applications delivered over public data networks and which encourages the development of new applications.
Correlation: The simultaneous change in value of two numerically valued random variables.
xDSL: Family of technologies that provide high-speed digital data transmission over the PSTN.
Penetration: The degree to which a population adopts a particular service (device), usually estimated as number of services (devices) per 100 inhabitants or per 100 households.
Correlation Coefficient: Coefficient indicating the strength and direction of a linear relationship between two random variables.
Cable Modem: Devices allowing high-speed access to the Internet via a cable television network.