OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia

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As have OECD countries, Colombia has recognised that the communications sector, and in particular high-speed Internet access provided by fixed and mobile broadband, represents a key infrastructure for improving productivity and economic growth and in enhancing the welfare of its citizens. This report reviews policies and regulations in the telecommunication service sector in Colombia. It puts forward recommendations aimed at furthering regulatory reform and stimulating market competition and investment in the sector as a building block for the future development of the Colombian economy. It aims to help achieve one of the government's goals, which is to develop a knowledge-intensive society.

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The telecommunication sector in Colombia

This chapter describes the dimensions and main players in Colombia’s telecommunication market, including fixed-line, mobile, broadband and pay-television, focusing on market size, penetration and competition. Mobile markets are highly concentrated as are fixed telephony and broadband equivalents at the local and regional level. Data are presented on investment, speed and price indicators, which show that Colombia significantly lags OECD countries in terms of broadband penetration and speeds and exhibits higher prices for most telecommunication services.

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