Broadband prices vary significantly across the globe. However, there has been surprisingly little attention to the factors that influence international pricing differences. More fundamentally, there has been little discussion of the methodologies that can be used to compare broadband prices between countries.
In this talk, Viktor and Ian will attempt to address both of these knowledge gaps. They first discuss some approaches to comparing international broadband prices, and then suggest five factors that influence international price differences. Their analysis also clarifies where Australia sits in relation to global broadband prices.
After Viktor's and Ian's presentation ends at 1.30pm, there will be an opportunity for you to network with your industry colleagues over tea and coffee until 2.00pm.
Viktor Grechyn graduated from Kiev-Mohyla Academy (Kiev, Ukraine) with a Master's degree in economic theory. From 2009-2015 he worked as an independent consultant, and in research fellow and senior research fellow positions in Ukraine. Viktor is currently a PhD scholar at RMIT University, researching the evaluation of public Wi-Fi infrastructure. His research interests cover innovation economics, pricing, the economics of the Internet, digital economy, social networks, the international economy and game theory.
Dr Ian McShane is Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director at RMIT University's Centre for Urban Research. He is currently a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council-funded project Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure the Australian Case. Ian's research interests encompass urban policy, local infrastructure and community services, and education systems.