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Reflections on the Telecom Decade 1992-2002

Proceedings of the conference on “Convergence: Foolish expectations and dashed hopes” held in Montreal in November 2002. Excerpts from the panel: “Who helped create the euphoria?”. Published in 2003 by the Canadian Media Research Consortium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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The electronic doors of the 21st century

JEAN-GUY RENS
Partners in telecommunications,
Vol. 4, No 1, January/February, 1996
Magazine for Bell Employees in Quebec

In the traditional telecommunications-network economy, bandwidth was rare and difficult to increase due to the engineering costs associated with installing new lines, whereas switching was relatively inexpensive. As a result, today's trans-Canadian network comprises 41 toll switches. That is all changing, however, with the arrival of fiber optics and virtually limitless transmission capacity. Now, increasing already enormous bandwidth is simply a matter of modifying optoelectronic terminal equipment.

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Countries of the Crescent

The next telecommunications revolution will take place in the Middle East and North Africa , a region that bas an abundance of natural resources (oil) and human resources. Member countries of the ARABSAT satellite system also enjoy the technological independence they need to undertake a growing list of ambitious projects. In addition, the number of fibre-optic links to Western Europe and the Pacific Rim is constantly increasing. The Middle East and North Africa -the cradle of civilization-are poised to become a major telecom hub.

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Competition: the gold rush is over

JEAN-GUY RENS
Partners in telecommunications, Vol.4, No 1,
Magazine for Bell Employees in Quebec
January/ February, 1996

Everyone agrees that competition in the telecommunications industry is a success story. Long distance rates are dropping faster than expected and new services are being rolled out at lightning speed. And yet, all the players, including Bell, are experiencing financial problems. So just what is the outlook for competition?

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