Cities, Regions and Internet Infrastructure in Europe
New Horizons in Regional Science series
Chapter 4: The network nature of the Internet infrastructure
The main objective of this chapter is to analyze the Internet backbone networks (IBNs) and understand how European cities are interconnected through this infrastructure. More specifically, in this chapter the initial exploration and mapping of the international Internet backbone links, which enable Internet protocol (IP) communication between European cities, takes place. In addition, network analysis measures will reveal the different roles different European cities perform in the Internet function, at least from the physical infrastructure point of view. Although the outcome of this chapter’s analysis is important on its own, it will also facilitate the empirical analysis of the following chapters. This chapter starts with a short description of the data used here. As the overall data presentation took place in section 3.2, a brief but more detailed and targeted for the needs of this chapter description is presented here. Then, basic descriptive statistics and mapping of the Internet backbone links take place.
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