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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 the communications industry

The communications industry is an ever-evolving landscape – one in which stakeholders need to embrace dynamic technological innovation and rapid commercial development. Long-predicted trends such as the convergence of previously distinct communication services are now occurring at a fast pace across all sectors of industry and having profound and widespread impacts on economies and societies. This welcome process presents OECD countries with new opportunities to promote innovation and competitiveness and to address key challenge areas such as the promotion of greater equity. The data presented here show a return to revenue and investment growth in the sector following the global financial and economic crisis.

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