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Journals & Magazines >IEEE Spectrum >Volume: 43 Issue: 7
Metcalfe's law is wrong - communications networks increase in value as they add members-but by how much?
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B. Briscoe; A. Odlyzko; B. Tilly
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Abstract:This paper argues that Metcalfe's law, which states that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of its users, is incorrect. By ...View more
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Making the Connection
A network grows not only by the addition of single members. It can jump in size by interconnecting or merging with another network. If two networks are of similar size, each would see roughly the same increase in value if they combined. You would expect them to interconnect, and indeed, networks of comparable size do so routinely. But when one network is much bigger than the other, the larger one usually resists interconnecting.
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