Digital Economy Outlook, 2017, OECD

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Report:  11 October 2017 - 325 Page(s)
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Some of the  findings in the Digital Economy Outlook 2017:

  • In 2016, 83% of adults in the OECD area accessed the Internet and 73% did so daily, up from 56% and 30% in 2005. More than one person in two shopped online in 2016, up from 36% in 2010, and 52% of people used e-government services. Two in three users in the EU in 2016 used their phone to go online, up from one in four in 2011. (Page 160)

  • There were 99 mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 people, nearly one per person, in December 2016, up from 91 at end-2015. Japan led with 152 per 100 people. (P. 143)

  • The average share of fibre in fixed broadband networks across the OECD area is still low at 21%, with shares ranging from 2% or less in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Israel to 74% in Korea and 75% in Japan. (P. 136 & 141)

  • Mobile data usage per subscription has grown rapidly but there are big differences. Usage in Finland (11GB) is 15 times higher than in the Slovak Republic (0.7GB). Latvia, Austria, Sweden and Denmark also lie above the OECD average. (Page 146)

  • Prices for high-speed Internet continue to decrease, especially for high volume data plans. The average cost of a 200 GB fixed monthly subscription fell 15.4% from USD 43 in June 2013 to USD 37 in June 2016 (at purchasing power parity). The cost of a 2 GB mobile plan fell from USD 71 in May 2013 to USD 39 in May 2016. (Page 142)

  • As of 2014, around 750,000 industrial robots were in operation in OECD countries. Over two-thirds of them were located in just four countries: Japan, the United States, Korea and Germany, in descending order of use. That compares with over 86,000 robots operating in China. (Page 167)

  • Over 24% of OECD businesses used cloud computing in 2016. The share ranges from 8% in Poland to 57% in Finland. In most countries, uptake is close to 50% among large businesses and 22% and 32% respectively in small or medium-sized ones. (Page 165)

  • In 2015, around 3% of individuals in the OECD area said they had experienced an online privacy violation in the last 3 months. A survey of 11 countries found 41% of businesses were using encryption technology in 2015 versus 16% in 2005. (Pages 263 & 270)


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Original title:  Unequal access and usage could hold back potential of digital economy