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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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Recent Communication Policy Developments

Next generation access networks (NGA) are in a critical phase of development. Present policy decisions are likely to have an impact over the next decades in terms of market structure, service provision, investment and innovation. Furthermore, the rise of smartphones and other devices is driving the boost in mobile broadband traffic and usage. This involves new challenges for spectrum policy, which policy makers have to balance carefully as spectrum is a key competitive asset. This transition is being facilitated by the release of spectrum resources coming from the switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

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