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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 Developments in Household and Individual Communication Expenditures and Use

This chapter explores the evolution of household expenditure with regard to ICT goods and services. Specifically, it looks at one of the most striking phenomena of the last decade: the rise of mobile communications in telecommunication services expenditure. This dimension of expenditure mirrors the massive diffusion and uptake of mobile wireless services – and the variety of services on offer is increasing. SMS was an early addition to mobile telephony and its growth is now being replicated by the use of data services. Undoubtedly, the development of new technologies, services and lower prices, all driven by competition, has played a part in the increased use of communication services by households.

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