Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CB-544-001-1-1-International-ITU-1983

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Direction of traffic database, 1983-1998.  [machine-readable data file] / International Telecommunication Union  [principal investigator(s)] / International Telecommunication Union  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 5/11/2004

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: This is the third edition of this series. The data can be viewed using the World Bank's Socio-economic Time-series Access and Retrieval System (STARS) version 2.0 program. Start32.exe will bring up a menu to start installation. 5/2004 STARS is installed to Peppermint and Spearmint under C:\Program Files\Traffic. 9/06 Program is installed on Ketchup and Mustard. 7/09 Beer and Wine replaced Ketchup and Mustard. 5/14 An ISO image was created on the network drive for this CD-Rom.

Access Status: Access limited to UW Campus

Date Ordered: 9/4/2003

Documentation: Direction of Traffic 1999 and 1996 reports are available in PDF format on this CD-Rom under directory /PDF. STARS user's manual is printed and bound.

Abstract: This database contains data on outgoing international telecommunication traffic in time-series format for the period 1983-1998. There are several PDF reports on this CD-Rom. Direction of Traffic 1999 report, Directionof Traffic 1996 report, Country Tables and other related telecom indicators report. The Direction of Traffic 1999 report focuses on the transition away from the bilateral regime, based on accounting rates, to a new, multilateral, trade-based regime. Specifically, the report looks at the impact that the changing telecommunications environment will have on developing countries which have long depended upon revenues gained from net settlements to sustain their network build-out programmes. The 1996 report has a theme on "trends in international telecom prices." The Contry Tables report provides access to the 151 individual country tables, showing in/out bilateral traffic data for the top 20 destinations 1993-1997 and peak/off-peak tariff data for the same destinations, 1995-1999. It should be noted that there are many apparent "gaps" in the database. That may be because of a number of reasons:

  • 1. Countries may have no significant traffic to some destinations.
  • 2. Countries may report only traffic to certain major destinations, for instance the top 20.
  • 3. Data may not be available for earlier years or for the latest year.
  • 4. The data may not be reported because there is no consolidation of traffic from many different operators operating in the market, or because the data is regarded as "confidential".

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