Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2002


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520/620


Strategic management, Telecommunications industry -- Management, Telecommunications industry -- Forecasting, Technology -- Management


Americans now spend over a trillion dollars a year on information-related goods and services- a figure that represents a sixth of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Perhaps even more significant than the scope of economic activity directly resulting from the information industry is its enormous impact on every other significant sector of the economy. Indeed, the United States has once again risen to become the most competitive economic power in the world, largely as a result of its superior integration and exploitation of information technology.

Telecommunication industry play a vital role in enabling and supporting this information industry by providing various modes of information transport. Historically, information industry has been organized on the basis of information form; companies within the industry tended to focus on business opportunities related to a single form of information, such as voice, text, image, audio/video, or data. However, extraordinary advances have occurred over the past two decades and are continuing at a breakneck pace in digital electronics and communication . Coupled with the changes now accompanying the move from narrow band information transmission to broadband and optical communications and converged networks which are capable of carrying all forms of information. These technological developments have occasioned a major paradigm shift in the information and telecommunication industries.

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