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Editor's Note

Terror In Telco Town

Telephone companies are struggling to escape their dependence on a handful of commodity services and adapt to an all-IP world. They're well aware that telephony and Internet access face a long, slow decline, and that they and their new-breed partners must get adept at rolling out new services that cater to customers' needs and demands. The underlying problem, though, remains unresolved: How will they build those new applications as cost-effectively as Web 2.0 companies such as Facebook?

If telcos get it right, they could become valuable intermediaries, melding the world of Web applications to conventional telecom services. But if they get it wrong, they will gradually sink into the ground, offering enterprise and other customers little more than basic connectivity and leaving the higher-end market to Web entrepreneurs, IT vendors, and systems integrators.

This is the subject of the fifth Internet Evolution article -- "Terror In Teleco Town" -- on the future of the Internet. For more, check out internetevolution.com, with its ThinkerNet blog of more than 85 contributors, as well as Videos, Webinars, news, and "The Wisdom of Clouds", the site's new Web 3.0 interface.

Read "Terror In Telco Town"

Graham Finnie
Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
Finnie@heavyreading.com

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