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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Network Dimensions and Development

In the past ten years there has been a significant shift in the way users access telecommunication networks. Mobile subscribers now outnumber fixed-line subscribers by a ratio of more than three to one. Several new access platforms have emerged during the past decade. In particular, users continue to move from dial-up Internet connections to broadband. This chapter examines network changes in the industry as fixed-line connections decline but DSL, cable Internet connections and mobile subscriptions increase. In addition, the chapter examines how the lines between fixed and mobile telephony are blurring. There is also discussion of prepaid mobile, the growth of 3G and the shift towards fibre networks. Finally, the chapter tracks investment trends that show a return to growth.

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