16 Apr 2003
Development of Wireless Local Area Networks in OECD Countries
Wireless technology provides business executives, office workers, small businesses and residential users with expanded opportunities to connect to the Internet outside the limited area dictated by fixed networks.
08 Apr 2003
Comparing Domain Name Administration in OECD Countries
The aim of this paper is to provide comparative information on the administration of domain names across the OECD area.
13 Mar 2003
Review of the Development and Reform of the Telecommunications Sector in China
The Chinese telecommunications market has experienced double-digit growth in recent years and continues to expand rapidly as demand surges.
22 Jan 2003
Universal Service Obligations and Broadband
This paper examines the question of whether the scope of universal service should be widened to
include broadband. A common concern in OECD countries is that some groups without access to highspeed
broadband networks, such as those residing in rural and sparsely populated remote areas, will...
04 Dec 2002
Access for Business
With over 50 million subscribers in the OECD, broadband access is key for economic growth and development. This report examines broadband access development for businesses. It focuses on short distance leased lines and new forms of broadband acces.
17 July 2002
Legal Provisions Related to Business-to-Consumer Alternative Dispute Resolution in Relation to Privacy and Consumer Protection
This document addresses the extent to which existing legal provisions in OECD countries impact recourse to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in relation to disputes arising out of business-to-consumer electronic commerce.
14 June 2002
Report on Consumer Protections for Payment Cardholders
This document reports on a CCP survey of legal and other consumer protections for payment cardholders
in OECD Member countries. It also incorporates information gained during the CCP Roundtable on
Consumer Protection for Payment Cardholders held in March 2001 in Berlin, Germany. The Roundtable...
04 June 2002
Resolving E-commerce Disputes Online
Shopping online opens up a world of opportunity, convenience, choice, competitive prices and information. What will happen if something goes wrong with your purchase? What if you don't get the products you ordered? What can you do?
30 May 2002
L'échange de trafic Internet et le développement de la concurrence dans les télécommunications internationales de bout en bout
S’agissant de l’échange de trafic Internet, le présent rapport conclut que les accords en vigueur créent les
incitations propices au développement des marchés haut débit. L’analyse indique que l’échange de trafic
Internet donne lieu à la mise en place de différents modèles de gestion. Ainsi, certains opérateurs
historiques établissent de...
17 May 2002
Best Practice Examples under the OECD Guidelines on Consumer Protection in the Context of Electronic Commerce
This set of best practice examples provides additional practical guidance to governments, businesses and consumers on several aspects of the 1999 Guidelines.
20 Mar 2002
Trends in IP Technology: Their Impact on the Traditional Telephony Carrier
The impact of the Internet Protocol (IP) on telephony is anticipated to replace traditional voice services
with integrated voice and IP-based applications. The traditional telephony networks, though technically
and economically unsuited to supporting the integrated applications including...
14 Mar 2002
This report summarises the problem recently met by the OECD with regard to the cybersquatting of the ocde.org domain name, and identifies the general policy issues arising from this experience.
13 Mar 2002
Internet Traffic Exchange and the Development of end-to-end International Telecommunication Competition
The avoidance of monopoly rents and the need to ensure the continuity and quality of supply have,
historically, been among the key drivers for the creation of new trade routes. In the field of
telecommunications, for much of the past century, there has been little scope for achieving either of...
21 Dec 2001
The Internet and Business Performance
The Internet is providing firms with new ways to conduct business and
exchange and communicate information and ideas. In doing so, it is enabling
companies to improve efficiency and develop novel ways to co-ordinate
activities. Internal firm organisation and relations with employees...
29 Oct 2001
The Development of Broadband Access in the OECD Countries
The development of broadband access to the Internet is gaining increasing prominence. This is occurring in
fields that go well beyond communications policy. One reason for this is the role advanced communication
capabilities may have played in generating higher growth in productivity rates, as...
28 Feb 2001
Inventory of Consumer Protection Laws, Policies and Practices Applied to Electronic Commerce
Consumer laws, policies and practices exist to help build consumers’ trust and confidence by protecting
them from unfair or deceptive acts or practices and helping to establish a more balanced relationship
between sellers and consumers in commercial transactions. Domestic retail markets offer...
07 Feb 2001
Interconnection and Local Competition
Significant changes in the structure of the telecommunication market have occurred since the introduction
of competition in the sector. Now, companies are competing in all market segments and more importantly,
competition is developing between companies, which use different network platforms...
06 Feb 2001
Cross-border Co-operation in Combatting Cross-border Fraud
On 22 March 2000 the CCP held a half-day Forum Session intended to explore the challenges
and possibilities associated with international co-operation. Using the experience of the United States and
Canada as a practical example, the session provided an overview of ongoing efforts to combat the...
01 Jan 2001
B2B E-Commerce in Publishing, Retail Distribution and Pharmaceuticals Distribution in France
In early 1999, the OECD launched an internationally comparable study of the diffusion and
economic and competitive impacts of business-to-business electronic commerce over the Internet. A first
set of case studies was conducted in France between February 1999 and September 1999. Three...
01 Jan 2001
Les rôles des infrastructures de télécommunication et d'information dans le développement du commerce électronique
Les gouvernements et le secteur privé ont assigné un haut degré de priorité au développement du
commerce électronique et à la mise en place de cadres appropriés pour faciliter le développement et la
diffusion des nouvelles applications de commerce électronique.
01 Jan 2001
ICT Standardisation in the New Global Context
The new global information infrastructure will prove effective only if it can guarantee high-speed transmission throughout the network of all kinds of data -- text, images, sound or video -- in a secure manner while preserving its integrity.
01 Jan 2001
Understanding the Digital Divide
The term "digital divide" refers to the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard to their opportunities to access information and communication technologies (ICTs).
21 Sep 2000
Transborder Data Flow Contracts in the Wider Framework of Mechanisms for Privacy Protection on Global Networks
This 1999 report aims at helping to develop a common understanding of the use of contractual solutions in the context of B2B and B2C transborder data flows.
25 May 2000
The liberalisation of telecommunication markets has required a new set of regulatory principles that can ensure fair competition in the marketplace.
19 May 2000
Cellular Mobile Pricing Structures and Trends
Mobile communications is one of the tremendous success stories of the telecommunications industry. By June 1999 there were 293 million mobile subscribers in the OECD area, or around one mobile phone for every four inhabitants.
30 Nov 1999
Online Advertising and Marketing Directed Toward Children
OECD Committee on Consumer Policy Forum Session on Online Advertising and Marketing Directed toward Children, intended to provide information on how OECD Member countries are dealing with issues related to children and the Internet.
01 Oct 1999
This paper reports initial results from a Secretariat survey of recent unilateral liberalisation and facilitation measures relevant to the growth of Internet-based electronic commerce that have been undertaken by Governments in both OECD and non-OECD member economies.
01 Oct 1999
A Global Action Plan for Electronic Commerce
This second edition of the Global Action Plan for Electronic Commerce published by the Alliance for Global Business (AGB) reflects a number of developments in the global discussions about electronic commerce since the first Global Action Plan was submitted on behalf of business to the OECD...
20 Sep 1999
A Review of Market Openness and Trade in Telecommunications
The aim of this paper is twofold. First, to begin a policy and regulatory evaluation of
developments in telecommunication market openness following the liberalisation in 1998 in the context of
the WTO agreement and the liberalisation in the European Union. Second, it is aimed at...
28 June 1999
Conditional Access Systems
Digital television, whether delivered via terrestrial transmissions, via satellite transmissions, via cable, or via some other medium, will be an important component in the audio-visual market.
14 June 1999
Building Infrastructure Capacity for Electronic Commerce
This paper focuses on the capacity requirements and price development for telecommunication infrastructure for business-to-business electronic commerce.
01 Jan 1999
Economic and Social Impact of E-commerce
This book represents one of the first analyses of the role of e-commerce in the broader economy, and addresses such issues as the impact of e-commerce on employment and on society as a whole, as well as its contribution to economic growth and efficiency.
03 Nov 1998
Measuring Electronic Commerce
Electronic commerce is creating a new mode of delivering new types of products in a global market in which geographical boundaries and location lose their meaning. This paper outlines some of the issues associated with measuring electronic commerce.
06 July 1998
Dismantling the Barriers to Global Electronic Commerce, Turku (Finland)
The Conference addressed broad areas through a format that permitted business representatives to identify problems, governments to discuss how they hope to deal with the problem and international organisations to suggest how they can help to implement the solution internationally.
22 May 1998
Content as a New Growth Industry
This paper provides an initial analysis of the main issues in network-based production and delivery of music and audio-visual services content. It is intended to provide a basis for a more comprehensive comparative analysis of the international development of new network-based services by the...
30 Apr 1998
Measuring Electronic Commerce
Electronic commerce is creating a new mode of delivering new types of products in a global market in which geographical boundaries and location lose their meaning.
07 Apr 1998
Internet Voice Telephony Developments
Internet telephony is a voice service over the Internet. It is different from the present telephony service which is transported over the circuit switched public telephone network because Internet telephony is transported using Internet protocols over packet switched networks. Internet...
01 Apr 1998
Internet Traffic Exchange
Discussion of Internet traffic exchange is important because some parts of the communication industry are asking governments to address an increasing number of regulatory issues.
27 Jan 1998
Le secteur du logiciel
Ce document construit un profil statistique d’un des secteur des technologies de l’information et
des communications (TIC) à la croissance la plus rapide, celui des logiciels, et examine quelques aspects
importants inhérents à l’économie de l’information. On peut penser que c’est ce secteur des TIC qui est le
plus important économiquement, et...
01 Jan 1998
Rapid technological advances in information and communication technologies and their widespread diffusion have led some to speculate about "frictionless" economies where transaction costs are nearly zero, barriers to entry and contestability disappear and markets clear instantly.
01 Nov 1997
Webcasting and Convergence
Convergence between different telecommunication and broadcasting infrastructures and services is increasingly raising challenges for regulatory frameworks and may require adjustment in view of emerging services.
01 Nov 1997
Internet Domain Names
The Domain Name System (DNS) maps Internet addresses and is a necessary element enabling communication routing to function.
12 June 1997
A group of high-level private-sector experts on electronic commerce, (senior executives of major enterprises that use electronic commerce), chaired by John Sacher, Executive Director of UK retailer Marks and Spencer, prepared a report on the framework conditions necessary for the favourable...
01 Jan 1997
New Technologies and their Impact on the Accounting Rate System
The purpose of this paper is to examine and highlight policy implications of developments taking place in new technologies which are impacting on international telecommunication prices and the accounting rate and settlements system, used by telecommunication operators to compensate each other...
01 Jan 1997
Measuring Electronic Commerce
The purpose of this report is to begin to outline the issues associated with measuring electronic commerce, propose an initial framework and begin to compare some of the disparate data on the subject so as to form a mosaic which gives a clearer quantitative picture of the current status and...
01 Jan 1997
Access to and Use of Information Technologies at Home
Chapter 5 of the 1997 Information Technology Outlook.
01 Jan 1997
Global Information Infrastructure -- Global Information Society (GII-GIS): Policy Requirements
Industrial economies are at the threshold of potentially radical structural changes in their economic structures. Communication networks and interactive multimedia applications are providing the foundation for the transformation of existing social and economic relationships into an "information...
01 Oct 1996
Alternative Local Loop Technologies
This paper provides an overview of the economic and policy implications of various technologies available to provide local telecommunication access. This part of the network is referred to as the "local loop". For the purposes of this document the switching functions in local access networks...
01 June 1996
Mobile Cellular Communication
Competition is driving growth of mobile telecommunication into new markets, particularly personal communication markets.
29 Mar 1996
The Role of Information in Telecommunications Regulations
Information is power. Nowhere is this truer than in regulation; and in telecommunications regulation particularly. For the complexity of the telecommunications systems to be regulated and the rapidly developing technology involved means that, in telecommunications even more than elsewhere,...