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The paper locate telecommunications in what has emerged as the new paradigmatic technology of the third industrial revolution, the technological complexes. Modern telecommunications has a long history in its own right - evolving from the telegraph to contemporary multimedia services. A parallel process has been the integration of telecommunications with other infrastructures. Today, as part of the ICT-cluster, telecom is tightly integrated with other critical infrastructures. These systems of systems are best conceptualized as technological complexes.
Date of Conference: 11-12 Sept. 2008