Promoting economic growth by broadband development in emerging countries: An empirical study

Mona F. Badran, Hosein F. Badran

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Abstract

Emerging countries play an important role in the global economy. It is a firmly held fact among economists and policy makers that emerging countries will be leading the global growth in the future. Broadband infrastructure is vital for these economies to transform them to knowledge -based economies. This study aims at examining the impact of broadband infrastructure on economic growth in 22 emerging countries including Arab countries from 1998-2008. The empirical study shows that there is a positive impact of broadband uptake on economic growth. In addition, the contribution of this paper is also in the introduction of a telecom competition index, which became significant once it was controlled for FDI as a percent of GDP. Thus, governments are suggested to create an enabling environment and open their markets for more competition, in order to induce the establishment of more broadband and telecom networks in their respective countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11
Pages199-204
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 24 Oct 201127 Oct 2011

Publication series

Name2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11

Other

Other2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period24/10/1127/10/11

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Keywords

  • Emerging countries
  • Internet traffic growth
  • JEL: L96
  • competition
  • economic growth
  • fixed broadband penetration
  • fixed effects
  • panel data
  • random effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Badran, M. F., & Badran, H. F. (2011). Promoting economic growth by broadband development in emerging countries: An empirical study. In 2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11 (pp. 199-204). [6100955] (2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World, ITU WT 11).