Plum Insight: Over-the-top – hindering or helping achieve European Digital Agenda goals?

Some have argued that over-the-top applications are undermining the capacity of network operators to invest and are free riding. We find that growth of internet based over-the-top applications is a key driver of investment in ubiquitous higher speed higher capacity access networks, and far from free riding creates the demand conditions that will support investment in next generation networks and contribute to the achievement of European Digital Agenda goals for high speed broadband.