As I am involved in the telecommunication industry for almost for 2 decades I have been observing how UAE in particular & the world as a whole is witnessing a revolution in communication: we are moving from industrial society to post-industrial society. This latter takes today the shape of a society of information, of the immaterial and of knowledge. Everyday we have the opportunity to observe this fact. With the growth of infrastructures during the 80’s & 90′ and recent development in construction boom and with skyrocketing oil price the inflow of cash flow into the economy this new society is sharply characterized by developing fundamental scientific and technical features on the one hand and by its institutional evolution on the other. The most significant technical aspect in this trend towards this new society is convergence. The ongoing digital revolution which consists in changing a message of any kind of multimedia and 3 G global mobiles (GSM) into a digital signal. Communication is then endowed with one universal language.
This society is announcing the era of knowledge which becomes the source of economic power and wealth. If we consider that the Internet is undoubtedly the bearing network of the new economy, it is observed that a large digital divide may be deepened. The percentage of internet goers here are between 70% to 85% of the total population. The internet café’ is booming as general population started to understand the use of internet, dsl, B1(business one) and its benefits. The ongoing revolution is much more rapid than the industrial revolution and the mature process towards the new society will take only a few generations.
Since January 1998, telecommunication markets of most countries of the European Union are completely open to competitiveness. In Asia and Latin America, the end of monopolies is scheduled between 2000 and 2002. Such radical changes in the sector of telecommunications have favored the emergence of new players in this field and increased their number. To give an example, there exist presently more than 450 GSM providers around the world.
International Union of Telecommunications which was set up in 1865 in Paris in an environment characterized by the State management of telecommunications finds itself in extreme obligation to develop and adapt itself to this new environment. The service provider here is members of the IUT & is recognized as one of the top players. They are expanding their service to Middle East, then globally to Africa and now entering to Indian market to explore the vast opportunity. This was not understood in the past while telecommunication was at primitive stage and there was less economic activities. The economy is booming side by side the communication industry is not lagging behind.