Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, demand for broadband communication services has soared, with some operators experiencing as much as a 60% increase in Internet traffic. This brief looks at how broadband networks can meet unprecedented demand.
These statistical indicators summarise the current state of the ICT sector.
High-speed fibre now makes up half of fixed Internet connections in nine OECD countries. Meanwhile, mobile broadband subscriptions continue to grow at a stable rate of around 7% a year.
The OECD contributes to several critical public policy areas related to Internet governance and is involved each year in the Internet Governance Forum. OECD sessions at IGF 2019 included an open forum on AI and a session on "What operator model(s) for digital inclusion?"
This report analyses different models for how operators may provide access to communication services over the next five to ten years.
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An essential element for SMEs to “go digital” is connectivity. This report analyses the state of connectivity in Southeast Asia (i.e. access to high-quality communication networks and services at affordable prices) and how SMEs benefit from accessing and using digital tools. It provides policy recommendations to foster an enabling environment for SMEs in the region to help make their digital transformation a success.
This report looks at the economics of zero rating - when certain types of traffic are not counted against a consumer’s download allowance by the Internet access service - and key policy issues such as its effects on competition and innovation. It also compares regulatory approaches across several countries.
This report 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, with a focus on case studies from OECD countries. lt also explores how 5G may represent a paradigm shift, as it is the first standard conceived with the IoT in mind.
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Digital transformation can only be fully realised if high quality access to communication networks and services is made available at affordable prices for all people and firms no matter who they are or where they live.