Vladimir Putin

Sirois, Charles

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What it means to be global. Ways in which we're already there, but just don't notice. 1997 to bring a tide of change in telecommunications, as it becomes truly global, as it is supposed to be. The global communications industry in the midst of the most profound changes in its history, driven by the twin forces of competition and technology. 1997 as the year when the Information Highway meets the Information Skyway. What we've recently seen, and what we will see shortly in terms of a truly global technology. World Trade Organization negotiations on basic telecommunications services by February 15, 1997. Better players, not bigger players. Flexibility and adaptability. Opportunities in the booming business of global telecommunications, with China as an example. The quickest and most cost-effective way of providing new services. Telecommunications no longer a luxury but a vital economic underpinning for job creation, for attracting and keeping investors from outside the country and for participating in global electronic trade and commerce. The issue of a global regulatory structure in telecommunications. What Canada has to gain from all of this. What Canada will have to put on the table to make it happen. Becoming global for Canada means an end to domestic protection and a thrust toward international free trade and investment. Ending the monopoly on Canadian overseas facilities. Teleglobe's position. Letting go restrictions on foreign investment in the Canadian industry. Suggestions for change. Abolishing the Teleglobe Act, and putting all Canadian carriers under the same legislation. Raising the limit on foreign ownership in any Canadian carrier. The AT&T model of end-to-end service. The need for industry and governments to accept that there is no single or ideal path to globalisation; that they must make many options possible for the industry. The speaker's confidence that 1997 is the year Canada goes global.

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