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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The IT Industry

Recent Developments and Outlook

The overall outlook for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, ICT investment and ICT markets has improved, with more balanced growth across the OECD area and dynamic growth in the rest of the world. Led by ICT services and software, the top ICT firms are growing strongly, and the semiconductor industry has shown strong growth and its market is growing very rapidly in Asia. Growth in ICT markets is likely to be accompanied by major restructuring of the supply side. Both open source (the “Linux effect”) and online delivery of IT services (the “Google” effect) are changing how technology is developed and delivered, and continuing merger and acquisition activity and restructuring are expected in IT services, telecommunications and digital content although current high M&A levels are probably not sustainable. ICT markets in China, India and Central and Eastern Europe are expected to grow strongly as they install the basic network and computing infrastructures to increase competitiveness.

English Also available in: French

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