Contents. Contributors. Preface. Global strategies. The American scene. Future technological developments and their impact. The Japanese scene. From telephony to information networking - renovating the telecommunications infrastructure. Social implications. The impact of networks on financial services: the reality of electronic banking. Impact of regulation on communications. Communciations strategy - the impact of market forces, regulation and technology. Architecture, technology and applications. Mobile communications in the 21st century. Broadcasting after 2000 AD. Optical switching. Broadband fibre. Why software engineering at a communications meeting? Improving communications at the desktop. Index.