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OECD Communications Outlook 2007

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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.

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Broadband and Internet Infrastructure

The number of Internet users and subscribers in OECD countries continues to grow rapidly. At the end of 2005, there were 265 million active subscribers to fixed Internet connections and, of these, 60% were using broadband access. Broadband subscriptions have increased by more than 60% a year over the last five years. This chapter studies the growth of the Internet with particular attention to broadband. Other key topics include the number of Internet hosts and the rise in “bot infections”. The chapter also includes data and analysis of domain name registrations, the growth in autonomous systems, the move from IPv4 to IPv6 and peering arrangements.

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