INTUG Participates in OECD Communications Working Party

Nick White, INTUG's EVP participated in OECD's Communications Working Party in Paris, making interventions on discussion of draft papers on service bundles and mobile market developments.

OECD has found that only slightly over half the operators in countries where bundles are offered still provide a standalone broadband offering, reflecting the focus on mass market triple play. Mr. White pointed out that a standalone broadband offering is an essential service for business users, especially SMEs outside city centers, and if trends continue standalone broadband services may become unavailable.

In the mobile market development debate there was some encouraging news about network sharing, with several examples of MNOs sharing access facilities, suggesting that flexibility of access networks might become more prevalent. Mr. White pointed out the advantages to users of being able to access any operator's access network and the importance of this for connected "things" and M2M applications. He reminded delegates that the mobile environment continues to be a patchwork of national islands with no real international market.

The third main topic was IPv6 where delegates reviewed the continued lack of take up and considered the economic case for transition to IPv6. INTUG may make a written submission on this issue.

The OECD meeting attracted around 70 delegates from 25+ countries and occurs every 6 months at OECD's headquarters.

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