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An essential element for SMEs to “go digital” is connectivity. This report analyses the state of connectivity in Southeast Asia (i.e. access to high-quality communication networks and services at affordable prices) and how SMEs benefit from accessing and using digital tools. It provides policy recommendations to foster an enabling environment for SMEs in the region to help make their digital transformation a success.
This report looks at the economics of zero rating - when certain types of traffic are not counted against a consumer’s download allowance by the Internet access service - and key policy issues such as its effects on competition and innovation. It also compares regulatory approaches across several countries.
This report examines what the future of 5G could mean for communication markets in terms of investment, good practices in spectrum management, competition, coverage and meeting the increasing requirements of the digital transformation, with a focus on case studies from OECD countries. lt also explores how 5G may represent a paradigm shift, as it is the first standard conceived with the IoT in mind.
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Digital transformation can only be fully realised if high quality access to communication networks and services is made available at affordable prices for all people and firms no matter who they are or where they live.
This paper examines recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries. It also includes a summary of common challenges and good practices to bring improved communication services to individuals and communities in rural and remote regions.
This report describes key recent developments based on new and anticipated satellite broadband deployments in extending services to underserved areas in relation to other broadband options. It investigates important policy challenges to be considered in light of such innovation.
This working paper sets out a framework to estimate quality-adjusted price levels and price changes for fixed broadband services in OECD countries. We extend and adapt existing hedonic frameworks for international and inter-area comparisons and consider the extended country product dummy approach.
Significant progress has been made in reducing international mobile roaming prices since 2012, either by ensuring effective competition or applying regulation. The report provides an overview of implementation of a 2012 OECD Recommendation on International Mobile Roaming to determine whether any further action is necessary, based on responses to a questionnaire of OECD member and partner country experiences.