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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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The communication services industry has fared relatively well during the global financial crisis. In part, as has been discussed in previous editions, the industry’s experience in, and emergence from, the “dotcom bubble” has placed it in a much stronger position to meet recent challenges. Certainly, parts of the industry have characteristics – similar to other utilities – that make it more resistant to financial downturns. That being said, the industry’s resilience must also be attributable, at least in part, to its need to deal with extremely rapid commercial and technological changes.

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