OECD Communications Outlook 1999

Release Date: April 1, 2000

This book presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of the communications sector in OECD countries and on their policy frameworks. It examines the major changes and future trends in the telecommunications industry and explores developments in fast-moving areas, such as the Internet, broadcasting, and cable television.

This industry now generates revenues of more than one trillion dollars, and its efficiency is increasingly fundamental to economic and social development in OECD countries. The major players are seeking new ways to respond to the challenges and opportunities: for example, one in every five dollars spent on telecommunications now comes from mobile communication; and Internet traffic is now driving network construction and creating new patterns of communication via the world wide web. In addition to presenting a wide range of indicators for the development of different communications networks and companies, this book compares revenues, investment, employment, and prices for services throughout the OECD area.

The communications policy agenda has also dynamically evolved over the last few years. The telecommunications sector is quickly expanding, gaining momentum from market liberalization. Governments must implement communications policies in a more timely fashion to respond to the infrastructure needs of electronic commerce and the technological convergence of formerly distinct sectors.