chapter  7
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Smart Spaces in the Telecommunications Domain

By the year 2025 the entire world will be encased in a communications skin, according to experts at Bell Laboratories. “We are already building the first layer of a mega network that will cover the entire planet like a skin,” declared Arun Netravali, then president of Bell Laboratories in 1999 [LUC99]. “As communication continues to become faster, smaller, cheaper and smarter in the next millennium, this skin, fed by a constant stream of information, will grow larger and more useful.”