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OECD Communications Outlook 2011

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This eleventh edition of the OECD Communications Outlook covers developments such as the emergence of next generation access (NGA) networks and the imminent exhaustion of unallocated IPv4 addresses, and aims to provide an overview of efforts on the part of countries to promote competition and foster innovation in communication markets through regulation. It also examines the issues surrounding broadcasting markets, Internet infrastructure, communications expenditure and use by households and businesses, and trends in trade in telecommunications services. It finds that the communications sector has emerged from the global financial crisis (GFC) with a resilience and underlying strength reflecting its critical role in today’s economies.

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Internet Infrastructure

This chapter examines developments in the core structure of the Internet. Measurement of the Internet is challenging mainly due to the fact that, unlike most communication technologies, it relies on different actors and participants, and thus lacks a central control point. Nevertheless, data are available for some indicators from surveys and databases, which provide country-level information on Internet infrastructure issues such as Internet hosts, domain name registrations, address space, security and network traffic, among others.

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