Economics of the Internet

  • Kien Hweng Tai

    Student thesis: Other thesis - CDU


    This dissertation intends to investigate the economics related aspects of the Internet, the world's largest computer network, which is an area needing more attention. The reader is informed about Internet and the economic impact exerted.

    Specifically, this dissertation considers the following areas: physical and economic structure, service pricing schemes, problems, contributing industries, electronic commerce on the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet in different countries. This dissertation explores these areas while attempting to provide answers to potential frequently asked questions (FAQs).

    The Internet is an electronic Wild West that is rapidly expanding across the globe with over 70 countries connected. This distributed computer network is a global business tool, communications network, information system and financial transaction system. It distinguishes itself from other global networks with its unique features. This single economic entity impacts upon the many industries in different ways where opportunities are created and traditional foundations are threatened.

    The pricing of Internet services can be connection or usage-based with infrastructure access as the major cost determinant. The problems faced include traffic congestion and security. Internet-related industries and their contributions are investigated. The emergence of electronic commerce on the WWW is changing the global marketing and financial environment. This exciting new publishing medium benefits from it's Internet qualities, and security is a critical issue.

    The country analysis shows that an Internet infrastructure needs a deregulated environment and good communications infrastructure. Regulation hinders the Internet industry which needs a deregulated environment for growth.
    Date of Award1996
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSajid Anwar (Supervisor)

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