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VoIP applications have the potential to reduce prices for voice communications and enhance competition in voice markets by lowering entry barriers to these markets.
The new WiMAX equipment could play a key role in helping bridge the digital divide as long-distance wireless links could help deliver higher-speed access to areas traditionally out of reach of fixed-line networks.
VoIP traffic is growing rapidly in conjunction with the growth in broadband connections, in particular digital subscriber lines (DSL) and cable modems. According to a recent survey, VoIP is growing at twice the rate of traditional switched voice.
The jurisdiction of regulators has changed in many countries as responsibilities, formerly with ministries, was transferred to regulators.
The development of broadband Internet access, has triggered a shift in voice traffic from traditional public switched telephone networks (PSTN) to alternative Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase in the first half of 2005 from 119 million to 137 million. Broadband penetration in the OECD grew by 15% in the first half of the year to 11.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. As penetration grows, broadband providers in the OECD increasingly are offering voice and video services over this platform.
Latest OECD reports on internet governance and financial mechanisms, security and promoting ICTs for development, issues which will be discussed at the WSIS Tunis Summit that runs from 16-18 November 2005.
Our latest Broadband penetration data
The lastest OECD broadband technologies penetration data.
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Many countries are grappling with spectrum reform in a climate of rapid technological change, convergence and relentlessly growing spectrum demand.