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NEWS RELEASE 98-097; DECEMBER 18, 1998 December 18, 1998
News Release 98-097

TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT EXPORTS SPURRED
BY U.S. PRODUCTIVITY GAINS AND GROWING INVESTMENT
IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE,
REPORTS ITC STAFF RESEARCH STUDY

U.S. exports of telecommunications equipment nearly doubled during 1993-97, reflecting U.S. competitiveness in global markets, strong increases in labor productivity, and growing investment in infrastructure by telecommunications service providers, according to Telecommunications Equipment: U.S. Performance in Selected Major Markets, a new staff research study by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Office of Industries.

The staff research study assesses the performance of the telecommunications equipment industry in the global market as a whole and in seven major U.S. export markets: the European Union (EU), Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, China, and Taiwan. The structure of the domestic industry is examined in each of these markets as well as trade, trade agreements, nontariff barriers, and market developments.

The study reflects research conducted in the agency's Office of Industries. The views and conclusions expressed in the staff research paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Trade Commission or any individual Commissioner.

Following are highlights of the report:

Telecommunications Equipment: U.S. Performance in Selected Major Markets (Staff Research Study 24, USITC publication 3150, December 1998) will be available on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. The study will also be available at regional federal depository libraries in the United States. To request a printed copy, contact the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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