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No. 100 - Digital innovation vs. secular stagnation?
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
01/12/2015
more Communications & Strategies, the DigiWorld Economic Journal, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this issue No. 100. For this jubilee issue, the Editors have collected contributions from leading economists who examine the links between digital innovation and the associated developments, directly or indirectly, in terms of productivity, growth and job creation. The guest authors do not all adopt the same angle of analysis nor do they all share the same theses... But, in reading this issue, you will discover a different way of thinking about the big questions raised by these topics.
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No. 99 - The economics of platform markets
Competition and regulation
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/09/2015
more Platform markets, and their regulation, are raising today many policy concerns, in terms of market concentration, net neutrality, data privacy, innovation dynamics, operability, exclusivity, taxation, etc. The research on the economics of platforms in industrial economics, innovation strategy and management is also vibrant. This issue of Communications & Strategies provides an overview of the economics of platforms in this context, through a selection of 5 academic papers and 3 enlightening interviews.
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No. 98 - A review of SMP regulation - Options for the future
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/06/2015
more This special edition of Communications & Strategies delves into the debate about the performance of asymmetric regulation (or 'SMP approach') and discusses perspectives of repairing or replacing it in the future. One important aspect of the debate that is addressed in this edition is proposals for symmetrical access regulation. In contrast to SMP based regulation, symmetrical regulation applies to all firms independent of market power.
This issue aims to contribute to the debate about the performance of the current EU regulatory framework and discusses options for its revision. Thus the papers are also relevant in the context of the Commission's forthcoming review of the framework. We hope that this issue will give the debate a fresh stimulus and input for further thought.
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DigiWorld Yearbook 2015
DigiWorld Yearbook
15/05/2015
more Over the past 15 years, the DigiWorld Yearbook has become IDATE's flagship report, with an annual analysis of the recent developments shaping the telecoms, Internet and media markets, identifying major global trends and outlining scenarios of what lies ahead.
The mission of the Yearbook has expanded as digital technologies take on their central role in transforming various sectors including connected cars, financial and insurance services, healthcare, retail trade and the collaborative economy.
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No. 97 - Big data - Economic, business & policy challenges
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/03/2015
more This issue of Communications & Strategies considers issues raised by 'big data'. 'Big data' is a concept that is attracting increasing attention in many quarters. The papers offer analyses of the business opportunities relating to big data and the issues that need to be addressed if opportunities are to be realized. Developments in the 'big data' market have implications for changing power relations among businesses, many of them related to governance and control mechanisms and to value creation and distribution. The academic papers are completed by three interviews with leading experts, from OECD, Microsoft, Google and University of California, who offer their views on the challenges to society and business as well as academic researchers. Finally, this issue also features an Appendix, a preliminary declaration on digital human rights, developed by the think tank, Forum d'Avignon.
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DigiWorld Yearbook 2014 - Africa
DigiWorld Yearbook
01/12/2014
more Every year, IDATE publishes the DigiWorld Yearbook, which has taken hold as a key reference work that provides readers with up-to-date figures on the digital economy, along with an invaluable analysis of the main trends around the globe. In 2014, IDATE decided to create a separate publication devoted specifically to Africa and the Middle East, to deliver key market data and a detailed snapshot of the latest developments in ICT markets, the key players and the overriding trends. This is the second edition of this Yearbook, after a 2013 edition devoted to Africa.
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No. 96 - Challenges and prospects of the SMART CITY
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
24/11/2014
more In order to ascertain the evolution of the smart city schemes, this dossier of Communications & Strategies assumes that it is timely to gather academic contributions from experts in urban economics, new evidence and thoughts from players involved in the innovative dynamics of cities. The smart city approaches incorporate two different, or even conflicting, aspects. First, smart means open, i.e. placing citizens at the core of the innovation process, when creating new urban services, through ‘living labs’, the development of urban apps or the provision of ‘open data’. But smart also calls for the modernization and optimization of urban services such as transport, energy, culture, etc., through digital ICT technologies. Urbs smartis, quo vadis ?, such is the question asked to experts! With no major surprise, the selected papers confirm both the challenges for smart cities and the proximity of a change in the paradigm in how to approach those challenges.
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No.95 - The future of patents in communication technologies
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/09/2014
more The patent system exists primarily to foster investment in research and development (R&D) and the disclosure of inventions. A patent provides its owner the temporary right to exclude others from using the patented invention, thus creating a competitive advantage in the market and, if the technology is successfully commercialised, an opportunity to earn back R&D investment. As such, patents play a vital role in the field of electronic communications. At the same time, recent events in the smartphone sector have revealed numerous disputes brought before the courts and complaints filed with antitrust agencies, relating to the enforcement of patents on technologies that are incorporated into standards and non-standardized technologies. The aim of this special issue of Communications & Strategies is to recast these events in the broader economic context of the communications industries, and thereby to highlight the pivotal role now played by patents in these industries.
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No.94 - Video game business models and monetization
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/06/2014
more This issue of Communications & Strategies is dedicated to the analysis of changes in the video game industry. In particular, this issue examines the changes in business models, in business revenue and prices, changes in markets and in industrial structures. Hence, this issue sets the current dynamics that alter the ecosystem in this area, but also some of the conditions necessary for the development of the videogame industry at the time of its transformation.
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DigiWorld Yearbook 2014
DigiWorld Yearbook
20/05/2014
more Every year, DigiWorld Yearbook readers look forward to its unique round-up of the telecoms, Internet and digital media sectors.
It has become a report of reference for obtaining a concise understanding of what makes the digital ecosystem tick – identifying the chief game-changers of mobility, cloud and big data, the top players’ strategies and the changes at work along the value chain.
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No.93 - Re-thinking the EU telecom regulation
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
17/03/2014
more It is in a complex environment combining economic crisis, a growing gap between the performances of European operators and those of the US leaders, questions about Europe's ability to meet its objectives in NGA terms ("2020 Digital Agenda targets") and preliminary signs of the appetite of non-European operators to gain a foothold in the markets of the EU, that the Commission announced the publication of its proposal for a "Connected Continent" Regulation to the Parliament and the Council. This was accompanied by a few key reports, which are well represented in this issue of Communications & Strategies. The papers which have been selected provide a deep insight into the issues of European telecom policy addressed in the current "Connected Continent" proposal of the European Commission and that will be at the core of the forthcoming review of the regulatory framework. They are supplemented by two exciting interviews with key personnalities from Deutsche Telekon and the European Commission-DG Connect.
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No.92 - Video cord-cutting
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
01/12/2013
more "Video cord-cutting" refers to the process of switching from traditional cable, IPTV, or a satellite video subscription to video services accessed through a broadband connection, so called over-the-top (OTT) video. The impact of cord cutting will probably differ among countries, depending on the level of roll-out of digital cable, fibre optic networks, and/or IPTV, on the tariffs of legacy video services, on the quality of broadband access and on national players’ stratégies. Regulation will play a key role in this new environment, as a strict enforcement of net neutrality could prevent network operators from leveraging their access to customer base to market their own video services.
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No.91 - Public-private interplay in the telecom industry
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
03/10/2013
more Telecom liberalization progressively limited public intervention to the definition of a regulatory framework setting unbalanced market conditions to stimulate investments of new market players. However, a new impulse to public initiative has come from the availability and use of broadband networks with a growing set of services at disposal of public and private users. This new form of public intervention has gained ground because of strict financial constraints faced by some telecom operators and local authorities’ awareness of positive externalities due to the reduction of digital divide (e.g. economic development and social inclusiveness). This special issue aims to set the stage for a broad discussion on public-private interplay.
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No.90 - The radio spectrum: A shift in paradigms?
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
24/06/2013
more Demand for the use of the radio spectrum is constantly and rapidly growing, not only as a means of carrying Internet traffic, but also for new or expanding use by the military, public protection and disaster relief, at the same time that more traditional applications such as aeronautical, maritime, and radio astronomy remain. Is spectrum policy entering a trackless wilderness, or can a new direction and a new set of paradigms be expected to emerge? The contributions to this special issue of Communications & Strategies cover a great deal of ground. They serve to provide valuable signposts for spectrum policy going forward.
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DigiWorld Yearbook 2013
DigiWorld Yearbook
15/05/2013
more The IDATE DigiWorld Yearbook has become an essential tool for digital professionals, providing a compact and accessible review of the main events of the past year, the latest data on the markets and market players, and the major trends on the world stage. This DigiWorld Yearbook 2013 delivers this with, as ever, the renowned insights of our experts at IDATE.
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No.89 - Open Innovation 2.0 - Co-creating with users
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
25/03/2013
more Innovation has always been a central element of competition dynamics. During the last decades, globalization, deregulation, internet, new technologies, the digital revolution, and consumers' behavior have radically modified the innovation process and the competition structure. In many areas, the offer is rich and diversified: innovation is a unique opportunity to create competitive advantages necessary for growth. Among the general topic of open innovation, this special issue focuses on users' involvement in the innovation process. It offers a collection of papers providing interesting opinions, experiences, advances and evidence.
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No. 88 - Privacy, Openness and Trust
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
01/12/2012
more Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the Internet in particular, offer companies the ability to collect large amounts of data about their users, and to use this information as a key input for value creation. New business models based on gathering and aggregating personal data and leveraging big data technologies, lead to innovative market offerings. To become successful, they depend on disclosure (openness) and trust on the users' side. Though the disclosure of personal information might benefit consumers via, for example, better tailored services, openness also creates risks of abuse of personal data, ranging from increasing market power (e.g., due to price discrimination) to privacy breaches by the data holder, or even cybercrime from initiatives of rogue third parties.
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No. 87 - Internet of Things: A new avenue of research
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/09/2012
more The Internet of Things (IoT) endows objects with intelligence and ability to communicate, connecting people and machines anywhere, anytime. IoT applications exist in various domains: health, domotics, security and control, the supply chain. IoT exemplifies - and is driven by - major changes in technological convergence, pervasiveness and ubiquity, increases in mobility, traceability, and so on. This special issue aims to develop a better understanding of what the Internet of Things is and what its potential impacts may be. This Dossier includes contributions from different fields of research in order to grasp the various dimensions of IoT in a multidisciplinary perspective (law, economics and management, political science, etc.). With also two interviews with Rudolf van der BERG, Economist & Policy Analyst at OECD, and Nicolas PAUVRE, Innovation Project Manager at GS1 France.
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No. 86 - Development of ICT in Africa
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
30/06/2012
more While the very rapid, although uneven, expansion of mobile telecommunication networks on the African continent is supporting a variety of services including voice, text messaging and Internet access, there is great variety in market structures, regulatory arrangements, and the way applications and services are being rolled out. This special issue is concerned with the way these technologies are contributing to economic and social development and with the barriers that countries in the region face as they seek to reap the benefits of increasing connectivity for their business communities, entrepreneurs and citizens. The papers analyse the challenges and barriers, as well as the opportunities, in the wake of the spread of mobile networks in the region based on experiences at the country level using aggregate data and at the within country level using qualitative data. Several papers show how infrastructure investment and regulation intersect with opportunities provided by voice services and data applications once networks are extended and offer affordable connectivity.
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DigiWorld Yearbook 2012
DigiWorld Yearbook
10/05/2012
more The IDATE DigiWorld Yearbook has become an essential tool for digital professionals, providing a compact and accessible review of the main events of the past year, the latest data on the markets and market players, and the major trends on the world stage. This DigiWorld Yearbook 2012 delivers this with, as ever, the renowned insights of our experts at IDATE.
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No. 85 - Cloud ecosystem and platforms competition
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
31/03/2012
more Cloud computing is substantially changing the way computing is performed. Indeed, it allows for on demand self-services, resources pooling to serve multiple users using multi-tenant models, elastic provision of capacity, better control and use of resources through measured services. Content in the cloud is opening the way for a vast array of content and innovative applications. However, the benefits of cloud computing, come along with additional challenges in the area of privacy, security, consumer protection, … The papers selected for this special issue develop various thoughts on these issues. They provide original analysis of the platforms competition, and flexible and adaptable approach on the policy side as well as innovative technical and market solutions. With an exclusive interview with Mrs Anne BOUVEROT, Director General GSMA
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No. 84 - Net Neutrality: Act II
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
01/12/2011
more What are the minimum regulatory tools needed to ensure an acceptable level of net neutrality while giving network operators flexibility to innovate and manage their networks? Act I of the debate resembled a war of religion, each side rejecting out of hand the other's philosophy. In Act II, market actors have understood that neutrality is not a binary topic and that the subject must be addressed in a collective and collaborative way for the sake of achieving economic and social efficiency. The debate has progressively shifted and focused on several key issues that are essential to the design of a well-functioning neutrality: (i) traffic management, (ii) IP interconnection arrangements, (iii) transparency, (iv) price differentiation and markets for enhanced quality, and (v) the setting up a suitable regulatory framework. Such are the main stakes of "Net Neutrality: Act II" and the focus of this special issue of COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES.
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No. 83 - ICTs and health
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
29/09/2011
more The papers presented in this issue shadow the diversity of approaches related to ICT implementation within the health system. They point out also the specificity of the sector. The particular position of health within our economies, the weight of public financing, the role of public authorities in the decision process to launch a new product and change health delivery systems, the vital issue of improved outcomes for users of health services, and the specific relationship between them and healthcare professionals: all of these issues help to explain why the health sector is often “late” in terms of ICT penetration. Development of the ICT health market and applications are very much related to the value perceived by each of the numerous stakeholders.
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No. 82 - A Single EU Market for eCommunications?
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
27/06/2011
more Competition policies which are fostered by Bruxelles and the EU member states regarding the telecom sector have always been associated with the prospect of a single market for telecommunications within the European Union: What is today’s situation? Have we made the right choices? What are the remaining barriers? What is the new perspective of this issue in the Internet era?
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