Digital economy

OECD Communications Outlook 2009


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ISBN: 978-92-64-05983-2
August 2009 (pdf)
September 2009 (print)
Pages: 350


The OECD Communications Outlook 2009 presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of the communication sector in OECD countries and on their policy frameworks.

The 2009 edition analyses the communications sector over the years following the "dot com bubble" crisis and explores future developments. The OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators for the development of different communications networks and compares performance indicators such as revenue, investment, employment and prices for service throughout the OECD area. These indicators are essential for industry and for regulators who use benchmarking to evaluate policy performance.

Access to the underlying Excel spreadsheets used to create the tables and graphs is available from both the printed and electronic editions via the StatLinks provided on each page.

Publication of the OECD Communications Outlook alternates every year with the OECD Information Technology Outlook (latest edition published in November 2010).

Table of contents

Executive Summary (download)

Chapter 1. Main Trends
Innovation through convergence | The wired upgrade |  Mobile/wireless growth |  Transformation of voice 

Chapter 2. Recent Communication Policy Developments
Introduction | Trends in competition | Platform competition vs. local loop unbundling | Regulatory issues | Local loop unbundling | Fixed-to-mobile interconnection (or termination charges) | Household expenditures on communications 

Chapter 3. Telecommunication Market Size
Introduction | Fixed access lines | Mobile revenues | Television | Voice traffic | Research and development |  Employment trends

Chapter 4. Network Dimensions and Development
Introduction | Fixed-line developments | Mobile developments | Broadband developments | Investment | OECD accession countries and China

Chapter 5. Internet Infrastructure
Introduction | Internet hosts | Web servers | Secure servers | The domain name system | Address space | Networks on the Internet | Peering | Security

Chapter 6. Broadcasting
Introduction | Traditional broadcasting | New broadcasting platforms

Chapter 7. Main Trends in Pricing
Introduction: prices overall | Flat rate vs. usage charging | Mobile pricing trends | Broadband pricing trends | Leased lines 

Chapter 8. Trade in Telecommunication Equipment and Services

Annex Tables

Sample data

Figure 1.1. Access growth in the OECD
Figure 2.2. Changes in the proportion of households' expenditure by category in the OECD

Figure 2.3. Household monthly expenditures in ICT
Figure 3.2. Trends in public telecommunication revenue, investment and access paths

Figure 3.4 Public telecommunication revenue per communication access path
Figure 3.5. Public telecommunication revenue per capita
Figure 3.8 Share of mobile revenue in total telecommunication revenue
Figure 4.3 Total communication access paths per 100 inhabitants
Figure 4.4 Net additions of fixed telephone access paths (analogue + ISDN lines)
Figure 4.6. Cellular mobile subscribers in OECD countries
Figure 4.9. Dial-up and broadband shares of total fixed Internet subscribers
Figure 4.11. Fastest residential broadband download speed advertised by the incumbent telecommunications operator
Figure 4.12. Advertised broadband speed ranges
Figure 4.19. Public telecommunications investment by region
Figure 5.1. Internet hosts by type of domain
Figure 5.4. Secure servers per 100 000 inhabitants 
Figure 5.7. OECD country related ccTLD registrations per 1 000 inhabitants
Figure 5.10. Domain name registrations per 1 000 inhabitants
Figure 5.14 Routed IPv4 addresses per inhabitant
Figure 5.20 Autonomous Systems per 100 000 inhabitants
Figure 5.23. Bot-infected machines, top 10 countries
Figure 6.3. Breakdown of television access by distribution type
Figure 6.4. Cable: Homes passed and subscribed
Figure 6.5. Direct broadcast satellite subscribers as a % of households with televisions
Figure 7.2. OECD residential fixed-line basket: Low usage
Figure 7.3. OECD residential fixed-line basket: Medium usage
Figure 7.4. OECD residential fixed-line basket: High usage
Figure 7.9. OECD mobile low-usage basket
Figure 7.10 OECD mobile medium-usage basket
Figure 7.11. OECD mobile high-usage basket
Figure 7.14. Range of broadband prices for a monthly subscription
Figure 7.15. Range of broadband prices per megabits per second of advertised speed
Figure 7.16. Average monthly subscription price for very low-speed connections
Figure 7.17. Average monthly subscription price for medium-speed connections
Figure 7.18. Average monthly subscription price for high-speed connections
Figure 7.19. Average monthly subscription price for very high-speed connections
Figure 8.1. Growth indices for OECD countries' total trade and trade in telecommunications equipment
Figure 8.3. OECD countries' world-wide exports of telecommunications equipment
Figure 8.4. OECD countries' world-wide imports of telecommunications equipment
Figure 8.5. Telecommunications equipment trade balance

Executive summary

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 Past editions

  • Click here to read about the 2007 edition (released June 2007).
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