The performance of the Internet depends on the interaction of upstream, contents and downstream markets. The development of market power, its abuse and anti-competitive behaviour in any one sector will have important implications for the operations of all others. We focus on developing the knowledge and tools to understand the related markets for: long distance transit; public peering; and broadband access. We also focus on the interplay between infrastructure and contents, which defines the broadband diffusion modalities across Europe. We will study these markets to identify the appropriate tools to deal with market failures. This requires monitoring the evolution of the Internet architecture using data from Online transit markets and from Internet Exchange Points.
These represent major organisational innovations in the European Internet and their analysis plays a crucial role in achieving low cost broadband access. These transformations also have wider implications for extending the geographical scope of cheap access towards less developed regions. Our study will help to implement the EU directive on Electronic Networks in identifying best practices for network access. Our consortium focuses on the active involvement of both academic researchers and industry operators. Our objectives support the implementations of both the 'Broadband for all' objective, to enable a wider deployment of the information and knowledge-based society and economy and the 'Networked businesses and governments' objective 'to develop ICTs supporting organisational networking, process integration, and sharing of resources.
This shall enable networked organisations, ..., to build faster and more effective partnerships and alliances'. Moreover CoCombine will be instrumental to the IST strategic objective 'to overcome weaknesses in areas which are critical for European competitiveness' by helping safeguarding the competitiveness of the European Internet while strengthening its profitability.