Infrastructure Deployment in Unprofitable Areas


Tuesday March 31 2020, kl. 13:00-15:00




Marco Paulo Viegas Araújo, DSV


Per-Erik Malmnäs, SU

Main Supervisor:

Love Ekenberg, DSV


João Manuel Lourenço Confraria Jorge e Silva, School of Business & Economics, Catholic University, Portugal



In the European Union significant asymmetries prevail among member states
in the most diverse areas. The telecom sector is no exception to this, with some
members being much more advanced than others. Within the member states
asymmetries also occur. And if we extrapolate this to a broader audience, for
example the OECD, the European Union has been far away from some other
members in what concerns asymmetries within own countries, with Japan and
South Korea being the most evident. In 2016 the European Commission proposed
a new regulatory framework for the telecom sector which was adopted
in late 2018 by the European Parliament and must be transposed to national
laws by member-states by late 2020. As we move towards the digital revolution,
the so-called industry 4.0, the new EU regulatory framework has the aim
of removing most of these asymmetries, by guarantying that most citizens will
have access to a very fast Internet connection regardless of where they live.
This regulatory framework provides some guidance and goals and funding
objectives, but for operators and governments this is just not sufficient per se.
Against this background, the overall research issue of this thesis is a methodological approach to how to determine the best access technology from a
multi-criteria and multi-stakeholder perspective. In particular, to provide coverage in a certain region who lacks service a priori (therefore unprofitable by
nature), problematics to be addressed include: i) what are exactly the new regulatory framework guidelines; ii) which strategic operational model to use;
iii) what is the most appropriate technology to achieve these objectives; iv)
how to handle the pricing incognita and all the financial component; v) how
risky it is to make these objectives a reality.