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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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Main trends in pricing

Prices for fixed telephony and, more markedly, for mobile voice services have decreased from 2010 to 2012, showing significant declines across all consumption patterns, with the exception of fixed business services. The chapter conducts, for the first time, a comprehensive benchmarking exercise of mobile broadband prices for laptops, tablets and smartphones, based on the recently approved OECD wireless broadband baskets.

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