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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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Trade in Communication Equipment and Services

This chapter focuses on major trends in communication equipment, ICT goods and communication services trade among OECD countries and the rest of the world. During 2009, the global financial crisis (GFC) significantly disturbed trade worldwide, and while ICT has not escaped its influence, ongoing demand has to some extent softened the blow. Part of this chapter covers recent changes in ICT product definitions, examining the classifications used to measure trade and the techniques used to bridge the different classifications (Box 9.1).

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