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What's ahead: Choices for tomorrow: Sobering institutional and technical issues will determine the shape of future telecommunications systems

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Trudy E. Bell ; IEEE Spectrum, New York, NY, USA

The continuing convergence of computers and communications is seen as the major trend. It is pointed out that a universal system of communication that would join video, data, and voice has three prerequisites: large bandwidth, digital processing, and protocol standards. Prospects for competition in the US market in the wake of the divestiture of AT&T are considered. In the international market, attention is given to the challenge posed by the Japanese firm NTT International.

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 11 )