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Sector covered in the first phase 2002/03: Telecommunications, Computer Related and Audio-Visual Ser    
This sector of the e-Business W@tch contains three major activities within the following classifications: telecommunications (part of NACE Rev. 1 64), computer related activities (NACE Rev. 1 72) and audio-visual services (part of NACE Rev. 92). On the 3-digit-level, the computer related activities are further subdivided into six sub-groups, audio-visual services into two sub-groups. The contribution of all three main activities to total production value is about 3%.
Code Activity
64.2 Telecommunications
72.1 Hardware consultancy
72.2 Software consultancy and supply
72.3 Data processing
72.4 Data base activities
72.5 Maintenance and repair of office, accounting and computing machinery
72.6 Other computer related activities
92.1 Motion picture and video production, distribution and projection
92.2 Radio and television

 With regard to total sectoral production value, telecommunications is the main activity (estimated share of about 40%), followed by computer related activities (35%) and audio-visual services (25%). Demand structure differs significantly between these three fields. The proportion of private households in final demand is about 30% for telecommunication services, but less than 5% for computer related services and over 95% for audio-visual services.

Despite to the variety of activities involved it is reasonable to treat these activities as one sector, due to the ongoing technical convergence between telecommunications and data processing services and the digitisation of audio-visual products. In addition there is a common nature of the main service products as "digital goods". This means that in principle e-business activities may include - in contradiction to all physical products - also the stage of product distribution, i.e. electronic delivery.

European associations

  • EICTA - European Information and Communications Technology Industry Association, Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels, Belgium; Phone:++32-2-706-847- 0;Telefax:++32-2-706-8479;
  • EMF - European Multimedia Forum (Main European trade association promoting the competitiveness of the digital media industries); Rue Moniteur 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, Phone: ++32 2 219 0305,
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