Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/169459
Authors: 
Esselaar, Steve
Song, Steve
Stork, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
28th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS): "Competition and Regulation in the Information Age", Passau, Germany, July 30 - August 2, 2017
Abstract: 
This paper analyses a business model for providing free basic-rate Internet to everyone with a data capable phone, living in mobile coverage areas. The model is called Freemium Internet. The term "freemium" refers to a well-known business model for digital services, where free services or applications provide basic functions and more advanced functions are available by paying a fee. We examine the impact of applying the freemium business model to the provision of mobile Internet access and discuss net neutrality issues, mobile operator strategies, benefits for consumers, and the potential impact on government e-service programmes. The paper further investigates policy options and regulatory incentives to facilitate the adoption of Freemium Internet.
Subjects: 
Universal Service
Next Billion
business models
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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