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OECD Communications Outlook 2013

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Published every two years, the OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators for the development of different communications networks and compares performance indicators such as  revenue, investment, employment and prices for service throughout the OECD area. These indicators are essential for industry and regulators who use benchmarking to evaluate policy performance.

This edition is based on data from the OECD Telecommunications Database 2013, which provides time series of telecommunications and economic indicaors such as network dimension, revenues, investment and employment for OECD countries from 1980 to 2011. The data provided in this report map the second decade of competition for many OECD countries that fully opened their markets to competition in 1998.

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Internet infrastructure

This chapter examines developments in Internet infrastructure. Attempts to measure the Internet can prove challenging, as unlike most communication technologies it relies on different actors and participants, and as a network of networks has no single point at which metrics are gathered. Nevertheless, data from surveys and databases are available for some indicators. These provide country level information on Internet infrastructure in areas such as Internet hosts, domain name registrations, address space, secure servers and network traffic, among others. The chapter also provides guidance on the interpretation of the collected data. The Internet is still growing strongly, but relative growth has decreased compared to previous periods in some categories, as might be expected given widespread adoption of this technology

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