World Telecommunications Day'97
The economics of telecommunications
"Today, humankind is taking the next step in economic and social evolution toward a global information economy and society. In the information era which is now beginning, an increasing number of jobs will involve the creation, production or distribution of information products and services. Human and artificial intelligence will be the foundation of wealth..."
Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
"The boom in export trade has been largely driven by growth in demand for telecommunication services, which is in turn driving the construction and modernization of networks, both traditional fixed line networks and other types of network such as cellular or the Internet."
"Until recently, opportunities for trade in telecommunications services have been more limited than for equipment, due to governmental regimes which maintained monopoly service provision by a national carrier. The global trend now is towards a freeing up of markets, and this is expected to lead to strong growth in international trade in services."
[All data based on the World Telecommunication Development Report (WTDR). The report, prepared by the ITU, tracks global changes in the telecommunications sector, and includes extensive analysis of market trends as well as comprehensive statistical information on various market segments.]