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					   THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATION AND
              TECHNOLOGY
Predicting the future to a high degree of accuracy is not
  really a natural capability of mortals, it is more of a
  divine attribute. However, by studying the past or
  analyzing data gathered about the past, it is possible
  to make an intelligent guess of what the future has in
  store.
The development of writing by man is one of the
  fundamental inventions that has changed not only the
  way we communicate, but also laid a solid foundation
  for civilization and technological development.
Based on past records, it is clear that the numerous quantum leaps in human development has emanated from
enhancement of communication and major technical and scientific inventions. The trend has remained up till today
and will most likely remain so well into the future. Therefore as I said earlier we can use these past trends to project
into the future and come up with possible evolutional or revolutionary future path for communication and technology.
What are the possibilities?

1. Future communication is mobile. The communication services of the future will gravitate towards total mobility.
Services are likely to be available everywhere anywhere, whether you are in a submarine that is 10,000 feet below
sea level, or you are flying 30,000 feet above sea level, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean or the centre of Sahara
desert. Thus the companies that are likely to perform best in future are those that will have the capability to provide
access anywhere anytime.

2. Future communication is universal. In future, people are likely to regard access to communication services as
a fundamental human right no matter their location, social or economic status. The future is such that owing a
telephone will be as common as putting on clothes.

3. Future communication is converged multimedia, that is, access to information will not be limited to voice
service only, but everybody will have access to voice, data, video, picture, broadcasting and internet services, using
the same platform, the same service provider, the same hand-held device, one number and a single bill at the end of
the month

4. Future communication is cheap and affordable. Technological advancement and economies of scale are
going to drive down telecommunications prices to the extent that even the poorest people will be able to afford the
services and the most illiterate people will be able to use them conveniently.

5. Future communication will have multi-sectoral application. In future, our communication device or service
will change the way we operate in other sectors of the economy. It is already affecting the way we bank or provide
financial services. It will have greater penetration into other sectors such as agriculture, education, medicine and
health services etc.
Communication and technological development will definitely affect all aspects of life. It
is therefore necessary for all stakeholders, including government, the private sector, the
civil society to prepare to face the challenges ahead and adapt to the changes that the
revolution in communication and technology is bringing into the world. There will be
need to make new laws or change existing laws; government must change the way it
governs and its interaction with the citizens. The changes will have security implications;
it will erode our privacy and various aspects of our socio-economic life.

We must all therefore prepare for the future changes so that it doesn’t come on us like a
thief in the night and meet us unprepared.

Thank you for listening.

				
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