Mobile phones

Mobile phones

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This report examines mobile pricing structures and trends. It updates previous analysis. Many OECD governments are currently considering the licensing arrangements for IMT-2000 (International Mobile Telecommunications system). The importance of wireless networks in promoting infrastructure competition at local access level is a key issue for OECD member governments. The very rapid growth of mobile communications has tended to conceal large performance differences across the OECD area. The report stresses that there is an ongoing need to examine performance against fast-moving international benchmarks. High growth rate has also masked some problem areas where there has not been sufficient competition. Whilst great benefits have derived from an environment characterised by less regulation than traditional telecommunications networks, it is necessary for policy makers to review regulatory frameworks and a number of areas for policy review and decision are presented in the report.Under this approach, for ten messages per month Japan still has one of the least expensive rates in the OECD area and Canadaa#39;s rate is around the OECD average. For a user sending only ten messages per month, charges in Mexico and the United States are much higher than in ... same way that different ways of charging for a three-minute telephone call did not make a large impact before the Internet.

Title:Mobile phones
Author:Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Publisher:Publications de l'OCDE - 2000-11-06


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