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Ubiquitous Network Societies

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This publication summarizes the materials and conclusion of a workshop held by ITU from 6 to 8 April 2005, organized by the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU). This workshop served as a forum for policy-makers, regulators, mobile operators, content providers, industry players, consultants, academics and sociologists to exchange information, experiences and visions relating to future ubiquitous network societies. Topics covered include the impact of ubiquitous technologies on the traditional telecommunication industry, the role and application of RFID, privacy and public policy issues. Country case studies on Italy, Japan, Korea and Singapore are also featured.

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Ubiquitous network societies: Their impact on the telecommunication industry

Over the last 30 years, we have seen the power of microprocessors double about every 18 months, and an equally rapid increase has characterized other technological parameters, such as communications bandwidth. This continuing trend means that computers will become considerably smaller, cheaper and more abundant; indeed, they are becoming ubiquitous and are even finding their way into everyday objects, resulting in the creation of “smart things”.

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