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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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Policy Issues and Market Structure

The telecommunication industry is being transformed. This chapter shows that voice has been, and continues to be, the key driver in OECD telecommunication markets. However, voice services are evolving. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and the growth of mobile telephony are changing voice markets significantly, causing shifts in the structure of telecommunication revenues. Broadband is quickly becoming a dominant technology and multiple-play offers of video, voice and data are now available over a variety of platforms. The chapter also highlights several emerging policy issues including the future of unbundling, investment in new networks, traffic prioritisation, universal service, and the need to reconcile broadcast and telecommunication regulation.

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