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What Is Being Done Elsewhere

As we have seen, the concept and construction of the cellular telephone system offers a solution to some of the ever-growing telecommunications problems of the densely populated, highly industrialized countries of the western world with their increasingly mobile populations. As an example, on many of the inhabited islands along the coasts and fiords of the Scandinavian countries of northwestern Europe, travel by boat is essential for business and pleasure and is as common as travel by automobile is in the United States. High costs and technical difficulties have hampered the expansion of the public wireline telephone service to these islands, most of which lie in the North Sea just off the mainland. The installation ...

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