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The Urban Geography of Internet Backbone Networks in Europe: Roles and Relations

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emmanouil Tranos, Professor Andrew Gillespie


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This paper analyzes the way European cities are inter-connected with each other and with the rest of the world through Internet backbone networks. It focuses on highlighting the different roles different cities perform in this global network. Drawing upon Internet geography research, this paper attempts to provide a relational understanding of the European urban network based on the cities' connectivities within the Internet backbone network. In order to do so, we used network analysis techniques and introduced four different centrality measures that we then summarized with the use of cluster analysis. This analysis provides insights about the significance of European cities within the emergent global and European economic system, which can be explained both from long-established economic and political geographies, but also from the new roles that some cities perform in this global network.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tranos E, Gillespie A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Urban Technology

Year: 2011

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-50

Print publication date: 01/01/2011

ISSN (print): 1063-0732

ISSN (electronic): 1466-1853

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2011.578408

Notes: Special Issue: ICT and Global Urban Networks


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