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Communication Networks Economy

Book Description

In an increasingly interconnected world, "Communication Networks Economy" provides the rational understanding necessary to provide universal access to communication means in an efficient way. This book presents the principal elements of the economics of a network as it stands today, taking into account experiences of technicians in the field.

The author gives a simplified picture of the current situation in terms of structures and architecture of a network, bearing in mind the necessary quality of service and the profitability of investments, accompanied by references to recent economic works. An overview is given on the general themes of regulation and tariff principles, and the relations between supply and demand, from the perspectives of professional and residential users and network operators. Different aspects of the present situations of networks and the incidence of the Internet on the economy are also presented.

In conclusion, the reader will obtain an overview of the most significant issues likely to influence the economics of communications networks as they are today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Preface
  5. 1 The Challenges of Building a Network
    1. 1.1. Construction of a national network
    2. 1.2. Security of network operations
    3. 1.3. State communications network
    4. 1.4. System for connecting network users
    5. 1.5. The search for regulations and network growth
    6. 1.6. Land use planning
    7. 1.7. So-called “network” laws
    8. 1.8. Usage metrics for digital technology
    9. 1.9. Conclusions
  6. 2 Network Structure and Architecture
    1. 2.1. Analog and digital
    2. 2.2. Distribution network
    3. 2.3. Long-distance connections
    4. 2.4. Next-generation networks
    5. 2.5. Internet
    6. 2.6. Digital network terminals
    7. 2.7. Internet applications
    8. 2.8. Overview of network connections
    9. 2.9. Network management staff
    10. 2.10. Assessments considered by network operators
  7. 3 Communications Services Regulations
    1. 3.1. The international regulatory framework
    2. 3.2. The European regulatory framework
    3. 3.3. Main French authorities involved
    4. 3.4. 1980s tariff principles
    5. 3.5. 1990s reform
    6. 3.6. Tariff principles in force in 2016
    7. 3.7. Pricing practices
  8. 4 Supply and Demand in Communications
    1. 4.1. Providers and customers
    2. 4.2. Obligations of network operators
    3. 4.3. Remote payments
    4. 4.4. “P2P” exchanges
    5. 4.5. Remote computing
    6. 4.6. Features of the digital economy
  9. 5 The Impact of the Internet on the Economy
    1. 5.1. Network operators and the new economic order
    2. 5.2. The Internet’s original provisions
    3. 5.3. The new economy
    4. 5.4. Longevity of network services
    5. 5.5. The Internet and politics
    6. 5.6. Experts faced with the future of the Internet
  10. 6 The Economy and the Future of the Internet
    1. 6.1. Building a national network
    2. 6.2. Internet network structures
    3. 6.3. Network regulations and pricing systems
    4. 6.4. The issue of supply and demand
    5. 6.5. The Internet and the economy
    6. 6.6. An Internet of optimists
  11. Appendices
    1. Appendix 1: GNP, GNI and GDP
    2. Appendix 2: Potential Harmfulness of Radio Waves
    3. Appendix 3: ICT and Telecommunications: Sustainable Development
    4. Appendix 4: Variation in “Working Day” Telephone Traffic in 1970
    5. Appendix 5: Hourly Variation in National Phone Tariffs (1985)
    6. Appendix 6: Measuring the Information Society (11 October 2012) – ITU
    7. Appendix 7: The Development of SIM Cards
    8. Appendix 8: List of Recommendations from ITU-T Study Group 3
    9. Appendix 9: The Cost of Capital
    10. Appendix 10: NGN and the Internet in Figures
    11. Appendix 11: Standardization of Mobile Financial Services (Extract – ITU-T, February 2016)
    12. Appendix 12: The Internet’s Flaws (Vint Cerf)
  12. Bibliography
  13. Glossary
  14. Index
  15. End User License Agreement