Forces Shaping Next Generation Networks

Sevcik, Peter
January 2005
Business Communications Review;Jan2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p8
Trade Publication
The article presents the authors' opinion on Next Generation Networks. He informs that the recent Next Generation Networks conference brought together industry leaders and luminaries for the 18 year. The conference had all the usual predictions of what is coming, while explaining why the things that were supposed to come failed to appear. The author says that four major forces will shape Next Generation Networks--innovation moves up and out, technology lock-down, power concentration and the government regulation. These forces are set to clash, innovation against walled gardens, business might against government power, notice that technology has very little influence in shaping the future. The Next Generation Networks will be defined by how the trends find temporary states of co-existence. Expect instability and a landscape that's vastly changed from the one in which the Internet grew up. He adds that those who don't want to be left behind, start studying economics and politics.


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