Thursday, 25 March 2010

Comms - wireless broadband, cable etc - OECD

For the comms people out there, the OECD have recently published a few papers on telecomms related issues - relating to the work of the OECD Working Party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP):

  • Wireless Broadband Indicator Methodology, 18 March 2010, a new structure for measuring and comparing the number of wireless/mobile broadband subscriptions across countries (for categorising differences in terms of bandwidth and data/bit caps and comparing prices). It will form the basis for wireless data collection and reporting by the OECD to measure development of wireless broadband connections across countries, and was devised following discussions with countries and telecommunications firms.The indicator is made up of three major components: satellite, terrestrial fixed wireless, and terrestrial mobile wireless. All components include only connections with advertised data speeds of 256 kbit/s or greater.
  • Revision of the Methodology for Constructing Telecommunication Price Baskets, 18 March 2010, i.e. the OECD methodologies for comparing retail prices of telecommunication services for the purpose of assessing the prices to consumers and businesses in member countries.
  • Developments in Cable Broadband Networks, published 23 March 2010, by Mr. Hyun-Cheol CHUNG of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry -

      "The position of cable operators within the pay TV market has changed drastically in recent years. Although video service remains core to the cable industry’s business model, cable TV’s market share has been dropping significantly with intense competition from direct broadcast satellite services (DBS), Internet protocol Television (IPTV) services, digital terrestrial television services (DTT) and finally from over-the-top (OTT) service providers that supply video over an existing data connection from a third party. Cable still has a strong market position for video, particularly because of its existing relationships with content providers but the market is likely to become more competitive as other substitutable offers become available over a range of media….

      The threat to cable from non-traditional video sources has pushed cable operators to upgrade their networks to support higher bandwidth data services and new video content and applications and the transformation has been rapid. Over the past ten years, cable companies in the OECD have transformed themselves from providers of analogue video services to providers of an array of advanced digital communications services…

      Although all-fibre or all-IP network architecture may be a longer-term reality for cable operators, the cable industry is moving toward greater use of fibre in its last-mile infrastructure….

      One of the key areas where cable operators have looked for revenue growth has been voice services… Video-on-demand services have also become an important revenue generator for cable companies…. Both cable and telecommunication companies are pursuing multiple-play offers to reduce churn and boost average revenues per user.

      The triple-play packages which are commonly marketed by cable operators include fixed-voice services but the shift away from fixed-line telephony to mobile has led to some cable operators now including mobile voice services within their packages…"

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