Telecoms are a one of a key economic sector, which has experienced unparalleled growth over the past 20 years. During this time, the relative portion of household budgets spent on telecoms more than doubled. This book goes beyond the obvious boom of mobile phones and the Internet to show how telecoms are a sector which supports vast swaths of our economy. This phenomenon is observed in developed countries (for example in the health or surveillance sectors) as well as in developing countries, where telecoms contribute to socio-economic development.
How long will this dynamic last? If telecoms, via the much debated phenomenon of “convergence”, are the basis for a 3rd industrial revolution, what challenges lie ahead in future decades? What are the prospects of telecoms in 2030, and how can we sharpen our forecasts? These are the key themes tackled by the authors of this book, whose prospec tive answers are based on their own extensive experience.
In a world without telecoms… we’d have to invent them. The role of telecoms goes well beyond the little daily stories of using the Internet or our mobile phones. Their impact on the development of society, business and even countries is increasingly significant.
The authors of this book, two distinguished telecoms specialists, decode the full magnitude of the telecommunication sector using resources from not only the fields of economics and technology, but also history and sociology.
The book takes an audacious stance: it places telecoms in the context of a third industrial revolution, that of the digital age, equivalent to the steam engine and railroads of the first industrial revolution. It shows how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an essential part of our economy, and how they increasingly shape and structure other sectors (tele-services, tele-medicine, etc.).
With great insight, the authors explore various key telecoms trends to answer the questions: how do we reduce the digital divide? What new consumer habits stem from ICTs? And, finally, what is their impact on the development of emerging countries ?