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Managing capacity for telecommunications networks under uncertainty

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Managing capacity for telecommunications networks under uncertainty
The existing telecommunications infrastructure in most of the world is adequate to deliver voice and text applications, but demand for broadband services such as streaming video and large file transfer (e.g. movies) is accelerating. The explosion in Internet use has created a huge demand for telecommunications capacity. However, this demand is extremely volatile, making network planning difficult. In this paper, modern financial option pricing methods are applied to the problem of network investment decision timing. In particular, we study the optimal decision problem of building new network capacity in the presence of stochastic demand for services. Adding new capacity requires a capital investment, which must be balanced by uncertain future revenues. We study the underlying risk factor in the bandwidth market, and then apply real options theory to the upgrade decision problem. We notice that sometimes it is optimal to wait until the maximum capacity of a line is nearly reached before...
Yann d'Halluin, Peter A. Forsyth, Kenneth R. Vetza
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Type Journal
Year 2002
Where TON
Authors Yann d'Halluin, Peter A. Forsyth, Kenneth R. Vetzal
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