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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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Network dimensions and development

In 2011, the total number of OECD communication access paths was 2 080 million, equating to 168 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Mobile subscriptions represented 65% of communication access paths, not much changed from 64% in 2009, though traditional fixed telephony subscriptions continue to decline. Fibre broadband subscriptions grew rapidly at 16.61% year on year between 2009 and 2011. Greater use of mobile broadband access has been stimulated by the popularity of smartphones. The average subscription rate of mobile Internet access, in OECD countries as a whole, rose to 56.6% in June 2012, up from just 30.7% in 2009. To meet the rapidly increasing demand for mobile data, network operators are undertaking several initiatives including off-loading traffic onto fixed networks by Wi-Fi. Their mobile broadband services are advertised with the OECD median speed of 12Mbit/s in 2012, which is not far from the fixed broadband median speed observed two years before.

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