Digital Convergence and Beyond: Innovation, Investment and Competition in Communication Policy and Regulation for the 21st Century
The digital convergence anticipated during the 2008 Seoul Ministerial has become a reality. Historically, communication services were delivered via single-purpose dedicated networks (e.g. telephone, television). Many OECD countries now function with converged networks, facilitated by the Internet Protocol (IP) in which “bits” are the building blocks for transmission of all content and service – all “applications.” This process of convergence is steadily deepening as technology evolves and more and more activity shifts online. In particular, technological, service and business innovations both at the core and at the edge of the network are significantly affecting competitors, investors and consumers. This report identifies trends in convergence, the opportunities and challenges arising from these changes and suggests policies to meet them.
Developments in International Mobile Roaming
The objective of this report released in 2016 was to provide an overview of progress made in the implementation of the 2012 OECD Council Recommendation on International Mobile Roaming to determine whether any further action is necessary in this area. The Recommendation provided a set of policy principles to ensure effective competition, consumer awareness and protection, and a fair price level in international mobile roaming services.
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