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Thursday, 18 May, 2000, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
The Telecom Revolution
One of the world's leading industries is undergoing a revolution. Telecommunications is changing at an astounding speed, driven by the convergence of technologies and the wave of mergers sweeping the industry. BBC News Online takes a look at the changes and their implications for businesses, consumers and markets around the world.


Convergence
Technology is changing faster than ever in the telecoms industry. Television, the Internet, and wireless technology are all converging, calling for huge investments which are reshaping the industry.

Also...

  • New phones for old
  • Gadgets galore
  • Phones of the future
  • Cabling up America
  • In the hall of mirrors
  • The rise of the mobile

    From the archive...

  • High speed Internet battle
  • Is AT&T still @ home?



    Globalisation
    The old barriers are breaking down. National telephone companies are being forced to compete internationally as they lose the monopoly in their home markets. And companies are increasingly demanding a global service.

    Also...

  • BT, Microsoft form wireless alliance
  • Psion and Palm establish links
  • Compaq exudes confidence
  • Satellite phone launched
  • Global telecoms extravaganza
  • French giant targets alliance

    From the archive...

  • BT and AT&T form mobile alliance
  • Bell confirms Vodafone link
  • Mamoth mobile merger
  • Dialing up a partner
  • Hull 's 1bn windfall


    Mergers
    A new merger wave is sweeping through the industry. Over $400bn worth of mergers took place in the last two years, even before the world's largest merger between MCI and Sprint. Now even the biggest global giants could be vulnerable.

    Also...

  • From alliances to mergers
  • Orange takeover agreed
  • France Telecom buys E-plus
  • Sun calls for Microsoft to be kept intact
  • Oracle calls for Microsoft break-up
  • Racal sells telecoms arm
  • World's biggest merger

    From the archive...

  • Mannesmann to split telecoms arm
  • One-2-One sale agreed
  • NTL in UK cable deal
  • Telecoms rivals dial up a solution
  • Olivetti wins Telecom Italia
  • Comcast concedes defeat


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