TopicsDigital infrastructure

Inequalities and lack of access mean that not everyone can benefit from the opportunities of going digital. How can we ensure connectivity for all?

Broadband statistics

Policy makers must examine a range of indicators which reflect the status of individual broadband markets.

The OECD broadband portal provides access to a range of broadband-related statistics gathered by the OECD in five main categories:

  • Penetration and data usage
  • Household and business usage
  • Coverage and geography
  • Prices
  • Speeds

Latest broadband statistics update, July 2019 

The road to 5G networks

This next generation of wireless technology is intended to provide speeds 200 times faster and one-tenth the latency of current 4G networks. 

The road to 5G networks: Experience to date and future developments examines what the future of 5G could mean for communication markets in terms of investment, good practices in spectrum management, competition, coverage and meeting the increasing requirements of the digital transformation.

Case studies from OECD countries are at the heart of the report, approaching the issue from a two-fold perspective: 5G national strategies, and technological trials.

The paper also explores how 5G may represent a paradigm shift, as it is the first standard conceived with the Internet of Things world in mind, where different connected devices have diverse network requirements.

The Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and applications

We need metrics to assess the effects of the IoT in different policy areas. This paper proposes a taxonomy for IoT measurement. It also explores potential challenges for communication infrastructures due to the exponential growth of IoT devices through the application of connected and automated vehicles.

The Internet of Things: Seizing the benefits and addressing the challenges 

Applications can aggregate and act on large amounts of data generated by devices in homes, work places and the natural world. This aggregated data can drive innovation, research and marketing, holding the promise to substantially contribute to further economic growth and social prosperity. However, this will largely depend on the capacity of governments to create adequate policy and regulatory frameworks in key areas including telecommunications, security, privacy and consumer policy. 

Related reading

Bringing broadband to rural and remote areas

Bridging the rural digital divide

What are the recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries? Experience in OECD countries with fibre optics, coaxial cable, copper, fixed and mobile wireless, satellites and hybrid approaches as well as with emerging technologies are used to illustrate some of the technological trends discussed in this paper. It also includes a summary of common challenges and good practices to bring improved communication services to individuals and communities in rural and remote regions.

The evolving role of satellite networks in rural and remote broadband access

Based on new and anticipated satellite broadband deployments, this report describes key recent developments in extending services to underserved areas in relation to other broadband options. It investigates important policy challenges to be considered in light of such innovation.

Digital Economy Outlook

The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 examines and documents evolutions and emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital economy. It highlights how OECD countries and partner economies are taking advantage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to meet their public policy objectives. Through comparative evidence, it informs policy makers of regulatory practices and policy options to help maximise the potential of the digital economy as a driver for innovation and inclusive growth.

A chapter looks specifically at access and connectivity with sections on communication markets and broadband networks, examining recent trends and structural features.

Broadband in Latin America and the Caribbean

Broadband Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean: A Digital Economy Toolkit is a joint OECD/InterAmerican Development Bank endeavour that sheds light on good practices and case studies based on a whole-of-government approach. Its aim is to offer public authorities an overview of the policies, regulatory practices and options that can maximise the potential of broadband as a driver of economic and social development. The Toolkit covers a broad array of topics on policy making in relation to broadband development and use.