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OECD Communications Outlook 2009

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The OECD Communications Outlook 2009 presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of the communication sector in OECD countries and on their policy frameworks. The data provided in this report map the eight years of competition for many OECD countries that fully opened their market to competition in 1998. The 2009 edition analyses the communications sector over the years following the "dot com bubble" crisis and explores future developments. The OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators for the development of different 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 the data from the OECD Telecommunications Database 2009, which provides time series of telecommunications and economic indicators, such as network dimension, revenues, investment and employment for OECD countries from 1980 to 2007. For more information on trends in information technology, globalisation and the impact on the way people live and work, refer to the OECD Information Technology Outlook, published every other year.

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Trade in Telecommunication Equipment and Services

Telecommunications trade in the OECD area reached a historical peak in 2006 at USD 378.6 billion, then declined slightly in 2007. Korea, the United States and Germany remained the major exporters within the OECD area. China continues to grab a growing share of the world’s telecommunication exports. Smaller economies like Finland, Hungary and Sweden managed to develop and maintain their strong comparative advantage in this sector’s foreign trade. Telecommunication trade data for 2007 are estimations, following a major change in the trade statistical system of classification.

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