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Broadband With No Boundaries

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Executive Summary

Broadband Internet is the growth segment in the communications market. The heavy growth of interactive and multimedia web applications under the umbrella of Web2.0 is driving further broadband deployments in both fixed and mobile networks. Web2.0 makes the web more open and enables users to actively participate in communities and share content. The rapid diffusion of broadband access lines is transforming premium applications into sources of new revenue, as the explosion in video shows. On the other hand, with broadband and IP, services become independent of the network. As a consequence, traditional market boundaries between fixed, mobile, ISPs and telcos are breaking down, leading to fierce competition.

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