Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Broadband networks of the future
The future is digital and enabled by globally interconnected and high-quality broadband
networks. However, high-quality networks across the OECD are far from universal and
applications across all sectors of the economy, from smart factories and hospitals
to automated vehicles, are increasing the overall demand on networks and requiring
them to evolve. Furthermore, to ensure everyone can participate in in this digital
future, their expansion at affordable prices to un- and under-served areas needs to
continue at pace. This report explores how surging demand is shaping future networks
and identifies the four main technological trends that are driving this evolution.
It then takes a closer look at measuring the quality of communication services delivered
through those networks to inform policy making. Finally, it provides an overview of
how policies and regulations are adapting to support the upgrade and expansion of
high-quality broadband networks across the OECD.