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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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Telecommunication Market Size

The telecommunication sector continued to grow, with revenues reaching USD 1 trillion for the first time in 2005. Users typically paid less for individual services but bought more of them. The introduction of these new telecommunication services has helped increase the percentage of telecommunication revenue in overall GDP to 3%. The chapter examines the size of the telecommunications market and highlights the sectors with the most impressive growth. Mobile revenues are increasingly important and now account for roughly 40% of total telecommunication revenues. Broadband revenues are also beginning to compensate some of the loss of voice revenues. The chapter also explores trends in research and development.

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