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Published September 2014 | metadata_only
Journal Article

On competitive provisioning of cloud services


Motivated by cloud services, we consider the interplay of network effects, congestion, and competition in ad-supported services. We study the strategic interactions between competing service providers and a user base, modeling congestion sensitivity and two forms of positive network effects: "firm-specific" versus "industry-wide." Our analysis reveals that users are generally no better off due to the competition in a marketplace of ad-supported services. Further, our analysis highlights an important contrast between firm-specific and industry-wide network effects: firms can coexist in a marketplace with industry-wide network effects, but near-monopolies tend to emerge in marketplaces with firm-specific network effects.

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