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Next-Generation Network Services by Robert Wood

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Chapter 1. Communicating in the New Era

This chapter covers the following topics:

The communications industry is experiencing historic change. A superconfluence of Internet technologies, deregulation, fresh competition, and consumer behavioral change are blurring traditional service boundaries between communication providers and consumers. The bandwidth limitations in the last mile are disappearing at an incredible rate due to discoveries in optical switching, advancements in wireless, and extensions in wireline technologies. Rapid progress in miniaturization of semiconductor memories, embedded systems-on-chips, ...

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