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This issue of the IBM Systems Journal is dedicated to “World Communications Year 1983,” proclaimed by the United Nations. Applications combining the use of computing and communications have broadly influenced our business and personal lives. In the business environment we have access from our desks to systems and data bases that are continually and consistently being updated to reflect current activity. With the emergence of the communicating microcomputer, we have access in our homes to data base services providing information on a broad range of topics from stock quotations to airline schedules. In addition, we can communicate with one another using the facilities of a variety of network services and offerings. The application of telecommunications capability has had a profound positive effect on our lives. It is hoped that the benefits that have accrued to developed nations through the application of telecommunications can be exploited by emerging nations as well to support their orderly social and economic growth.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 1.2 )