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ERIC Number: ED411848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 10
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The Telecommunications Stranglehold on Europe's Information Use: Practical Constraints for SMEs and Economic Assessment Based on Cost Models.
Delcroix, Jean-Claude
There is a general feeling that European telecommunications are delaying the introduction of new information services. This paper responds to some of the questions concerning online information. The views result from research work at DECADE (Belgium) on the requirements of smaller organizations on the one hand and on telecommunications costs on the other. In the new information age, competition is forcing all companies and increasingly also SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to get and handle a lot of information. Speed and costs are two key competitive factors as SMEs operate with rather short term constraints and have very low purchasing budgets. Traditional online services appear far too expensive to use and very difficult to learn. The World Wide Web matches the knowedge acquisition paradigm of end-users and SMEs much better than traditional online services. From this perspective, in most European countries the current offer of online information services and related telecommunications methods is seriously lagging behind compared to the United States. This paper compares the network costs and the Internet-based services in Europe and in the United States; data is also provided about Japan. Graphics are shown with price comparison for leased lines and for Internet access. The paper then investigates shortcomings and looks at the likely evolution towards TCP/IP data networks and bandwidth costs per user. In the conclusion, key economic issues are addressed regarding information publishers, Internet/intranet service providers and of what European users might do. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States