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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Network Dimensions and Development

The total number of fixed, mobile and broadband subscriptions, in the OECD area, grew to 2 billion in 2009, with mobile accounting for 63% – some 1.3 billion subscriptions. The number of fixed broadband subscriptions reached 292 million in June 2010. The share of fibre has developed significantly, accounting for 12% of fixed broadband subscriptions. It grew at 25% over the two years leading to the end of 2009. Significant developments included a rapid increase in higher speed wireless broadband and the range of new access devices, as well as new business models including the growing popularity of “application stores”.

English Also available in: French

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