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|December 7, 1998
Second National Seminar on Telecom Management
In the new millennium we shall have TVs that listen, PCs that speak and phones that one can watch. All these requirements put together will be referred to as 'multimedia', said Niraj K Gupta, vice-president, Alcatel.
Gupta said information is becoming a strategic economic resource for growth required by all governments, business enterprises, institutions and individuals.
Gupta said the paradigm shift brought about by availability of information to user at his will and convenience will transform life by popularising teleworking, telemedicine, teleshopping and e-commerce.
These will reduce expensive and stressful travel, allow more time for family and personal/creative pursuits, thus, enriching life. The telebanking and electronic cards/purse will reduce dependence on metallic and paper money and even plastic cards.
He said that the information revolution has been made possible by the convergence of computers or information technology, communications and content. It will impact all aspects of daily life through influencing international and intercultural relations, diplomacy, finance and trade, marketing, education and medicines.
As the transport vehicle for knowledge or information, telecommunications is emerging as one of the pillars of the information society, he said.
Inaugurating the seminar, G B Meemamsi, executive founder director, C-DoT spoke on the future trends in telecom. He said that some of the key telecom technologies to be used in the next millennium are asynchronous transfer mode, fibre optics which include synchronous digital hierarchy, wavelength division multiplexing, asymmetrical digital subscriber lines, third generation mobile, broadband satellite constellation: sky bridge and intelligent network.
While V Babuji, chief executive, Telecom Business Group, IL&FS, speaking on multimedia and the information superhighway, said revolutionary applications like telemedicine, video-on-demand, teleworking especially for professionals like architects, advanced industrial software designers will need high quality image and video information, in addition to voice the high bit rate data.
The new video requirements include applications like high-definition TVs, videoconferencing/videophony, video-on-demand, video games, video library, high-speed Internet for home/distance education, home shopping, health care, and entertainment.
To carry all this multimedia information, we are now building information superhighways using not only optical fibres - including submarine ones - but in future, satellite constellations too, will be used he said.
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