Panel 2.1 – Converging Networks and Services


Background document- Digital Convergence and Beyond: Innovation, Investment and Competition in Communication Policy and Regulation for the 21st Century

To inform Ministerial Panel 2.1 – Converging Networks and Services, the OECD has already undertaken work on convergence. The discussions will build on past reports and activities including:

Triple and Quadruple Play Bundles of Communication Services  

Triple and Quadruple Play Bundles of Communication Services 2015

This policy paper examines the provision of multiple communication services over broadband access networks, a phenomenon known as "bundling". It highlights that care should be taken to ensure that such offers do not unreasonably constrain competition or bind consumers to a single provider in a manner that decreases welfare.

Connected Televisions  

Connected televisions: Convergence and emerging business models 2014

In addition to identifying the new services that connected television enables, this report analyses in some detail their effects on networks (i.e. the physical communication links that carry content to end-users). The impact on content producers themselves, on content distributors (such as traditional pay television companies), on hardware vendors, and on providers of support services such as advertising and programme guides is considered much more briefly.

Fixed and Mobile Networks  

Fixed and Mobile Networks - Substitution, Complementarity and Convergence 2012

This paper examines the convergence of fixed and mobile (wireless) networks and services. It considers these developments against a long standing question of whether they are complementary or competitive.


Convergence and Next Generation Networks 2008

This paper focuses on the area where the most significant changes are taking place in the communications sector, rather than providing an overview of all communication platforms, nor is it aimed to assess the relative extent to which different platforms complement or compete with each other. As such, this paper is limited to examining developments in what is commonly referred to as next generation access networks and next generation core networks and their role in convergence. The focus on next generation access and core networks is because they are changing the public switched telecommunication networks (PSTN).




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