Digital urban network connectivity: Global and Chinese internet patterns

Emmanouil Tranos, Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp

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Cities are not only connected through conventional infrastructure, but also through digital infrastructure. This paper tests whether digital connectivity patterns follow traditional ones. Using a generalized spatial interaction model, this paper shows that geography (and distance) still matters for an extensive set of world cities. With a view to the rapidly rising urbanization, the attention is next focused on the emerging large cities in China to test the relevance of distance frictions − next to a broad set of other important explanatory variables − for digital connectivity. Various interesting results are found regarding digital connectivity within the Chinese urban system, while also here geography appears to play an important role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-428
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • Digital Networks
  • Internet connectivity
  • World Cities
  • Death of Distance
  • Gravity Model


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