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OECD Information Technology Outlook 2006

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Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of economic change, restructuring businesses, affecting skills and employment, and contributing to growth and consumer benefits. This volume describes recent market dynamics and trends in industries supplying IT goods and services and offers an overview of the globalisation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and the rise of ICT-enabled international sourcing. It analyses the development and impact of the changing global distribution of services activities and the rise of China and India as significant suppliers of ICT-related goods and services. It also looks at the increasing importance of digital content in selected industries and how it is transforming value chains and business models. The potential of technological developments such as ubiquitous networks, location-based services, natural disaster warning systems, the participative web and the convergence of information technology with nanotechnology and biotechnology is also examined. This book includes StatLinks, URL's linking statistical graphs and tables to spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

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ICT Trade and Globalisation of the ICT Sector

This chapter examines recent trends in ICT trade and globalisation of the ICT sector. There is a significant global restructuring of ICT production activities, with the emergence of eastern European and non-OECD and developing countries as both ICT goods producers and new growth markets, and global shifts in ICT and ICT-enabled services production. This new wave of globalisation has largely been driven by efficiency-seeking competition, with firms taking advantage of continuing cost differences and the rapid development of goods and services production capabilities, complemented increasingly by the growth of new markets in rapidly developing eastern European and non-OECD economies, particularly China and India.

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