World Telecommunication Development Report 1996-1997

Trade in Telecommunications

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The third edition explores the theme of telecommunications trade, covering both trade in equipment and trade in services. As well as providing up-to-date information on the outcome of the trade negotiations and analysis of new developments in electronic commerce, the report also presents ITU’s authoritative World Telecommunication Indicators for year end 1995. These statistics monitor the main indicators of network growth, mobile communications, pricing, revenues and investment for 200 plus economies worldwide.




We are delighted to present this third edition of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Report on the theme of trade in telecommunications. The negotiations on basic telecommunication services, carried out under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation, have made the topic of telecommunications trade highly visible. The successful conclusion of the negotiations suggests that the value of trade in telecommunications, already worth more than US$ 100 billion in 1996, will expand at a faster rate in the latter part of the decade.


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