Chapter 10. Next-Generation Networks

This chapter explores the current perspectives and developments with respect to next-generation infrastructures. It is a very important chapter for both service providers and end users who need to understand how the forces of convergence and emerging next-generation technologies will affect the evolution of their networks. The information covered in this chapter will help those attempting to make investment decisions, develop strategic plans, or choose what to do regarding business development and marketing. This chapter covers the essentials of how architectures are shifting, and the driving forces and trends behind the new infrastructures.

As discussed in this book’s introduction, some evolutionary ICT ...

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