Accession Number : ADA293870

Title :   European Telecommunications: Pathways to the Future.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Ross, Brendan

PDF Url : ADA293870

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : Technological and infrastructural developments will make pan-European interconnectivity a reality in the coming decade. New fiber-optic, wireless, and satellite technology, as well as the burgeoning and much-vaunted information superhighway, will all contribute to the increasing sophistication and simplicity of voice, video, and data communication. Recent developments in Eastern Europe demonstrate the thesis that increased communication and increased stability spiral upwards together. Regulation is tied intimately to progress in telecommunications. Political wrangling and the directed actions of interested parties such as unions, regulators, legislators, and business executives have a tremendous effect on the implementation of new technology. Global technology standards will be determined largely by governments that act quickly to interconnect across large markets. Intellectual property rights regulation must provide a balance between establishing standards and providing incentives for continued innovation. Although market forces will largely determine future trends in telecommunications, effective regulation will be a prerequisite to interconnectivity, innovation, and growth.

Descriptors :   *EUROPE, *TELECOMMUNICATIONS, *REGULATIONS, FIBER OPTICS, GLOBAL, COMMERCE, MARKETING, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, THESES, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, STANDARDS, EASTERN EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE