The OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators for different types of communications networks and compares performance indicators such as revenue, investment, employment and prices for service throughout the OECD area. These indicators are essential for industry and for regulators who use benchmarking to evaluate policy performance. This book is based on data from the OECD Telecommunications Database 2007, which provides time series for OECD countries from 1980 to 2005. Readers of the OECD Communications Outlook 2007 e-book will find a URL that provides online access to the OECD Telecommunications Database 2007. Graphics and tables in all editions include StatLinks, URLs linking to spreadsheets containing the underlying data.Click to Access:
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Recent Communication Policy Developments
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New technological developments have continued to generate growth opportunities in the communication service sector. They are creating new markets and services but also new challenges to policy and regulation. The chapter examines key developments in competition and regulation in OECD markets during this period of change. It explains how local loop unbundling and broadband competition in general have changed the competitive landscape in many OECD countries. It also covers issues of state ownership of telecommunication firms and restrictions on foreign investment, the regulatory treatment of VoIP and fixed-to-mobile interconnection. Finally, it examines the increasing importance of communication in overall household expenditures in the OECD area.
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