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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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Main Trends in Pricing

Prices for broadband and mobile communications have declined over the past two years, while services have expanded. Broadband speeds have increased between 15 and 20% whereas the downward trend in prices has been more marked for mobile services. Triple-play offers are now being commonly offered in most OECD countries and quadruple play (triple-play plus mobile voice) is starting to gain presence. While recognising some of the positive implications of bundles, this trend makes it increasingly difficult to map offers to prices and to compare them across providers.

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