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.