The OECD released a paper which aims to contribute to the current debate among regulators in OECD countries who are reducing or considering the phasing out of the fees telecommunication network operators pay for delivering telephone calls to mobile wireless providers, known as mobile termination rates (MTRs).
At a meeting in Hong Kong beginning today, the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG) appointed Danielle Jacobs, General Manager of the Belgian Communication technology and services user group BELTUG as its new chairman. Ms. Jacobs succeeds Rosemary Sinclair, who stepped down after her 3-year term expired.
The OECD has released new statistics on broadband penetration in OECD countries as of June 2010. These include the number of broadband subscribers per country, broadband subscriptions by technology, the percentage of fiber connections in total broadband and, for the first time, a wireless broadband penetration indicator.
The economic downturn will hit the Internet economy hard this year, according to the latest available figures from the OECD. The Information Technology Outlook 2008 estimates that the IT industry is likely to have grown by 4% at most in 2008 compared to the previous year. But growth will remain flat or decline in 2009.