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Key Technologies for Europe: Communications

Funded under: FP6-IST


This Report examines some of the technological and organizational challenges in Communications technologies and networks, taking into account both developments currently underway and the longer term evolution of the Internet and of expanding digital networks. It gives an overview of where the EU stands (strengths - weaknesses - opportunities - threats) in this critical area for the development and prosperity of Information Society Technologies (IST) and also provides a forward look into the upcoming research challenges.
During these last years, digital networks have become a critical component for new business and social functionalities that would be totally impossible to be obtained otherwise. This is because communications technologies have migrated from the laboratories and the head offices of the telecom operators to a ubiquitous presence in production and exchange processes, delivery channels and, virtually, in any organizational structure that shapes modern economic and social life. The Internet is of course the drive of this evolution and the "engine of production" for many novel networked applications. These applications, introduced from the "edge" of the network, add diversity and increasing complexity into a very heterogeneous communications infrastructure that needs to be more efficient, robust and reliable.

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