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Global Competition Between and Within Standards : The Case of Mobile Phones - Jeffrey L. Funk

Global Competition Between and Within Standards

The Case of Mobile Phones


Published: 13th November 2001
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This book shows how the hybrid model, which uses both market and committee mechanisms, explains standard setting and firm competition in the mobile communications industry. The hybrid model explains why certain mobile communication standards like GSM have become global standards while others, for example digital standards supposed by US firms, have not become global standards. The hybrid model also explains why Nokia is the leading producer of mobile phones and Ericsson the leading producer of mobile infrastructure.

'As the industry gears up for the next generation of high-speed products and services, Professor Funk's treatise takes an exemplary new look at global competition in the evolution and adoption of mobile phone standards.' - Mike Butler (VP Product Creation Nokia Mobile Phones)

'The growth of the mobile communication technology in recent years has attracted great attention of people all over the world. Despite the recent setback in the telecom sector in the western capital market, telecommunication remains the most important single factor in the world economy today. Jeffrey Funk has done a great job of tracking the growth of this industry in the international arena. He has presented the results of his research in the area of standards and how they affect the growth of the industry. To understand the political process behind the development of telecom standards, one needs to delve into a lot factors that Dr Funk has studied. The book will be valuable to any one who wants to understand the forces that have shaped this dynamic industry.' - Alok Chakrabarti, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'Jeffrey Funk's analysis of competition in the mobile communication industry over the last 20 years gives a compelling insight into how competition will proceed into the third generation mobile communications system.' - Heinz Blankenfeld, Siemens AG

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Key Theoretical Issues in Competition Within and Between Standardsp. 21
Market and Committee Mechanisms in Setting Global Standardsp. 36
Committee- and Market-Based Competition in the Mobile Infrastructure Marketp. 93
Committee and Particularly Market Competition in the Mobile Phone Marketp. 145
Third Generation and Mobile Internet Standards and Competition in Third Generation Infrastructure and Phonesp. 206
A Proposed Model of Technological Changep. 246
Interviewsp. 260
Analysis of the First 20 GSM Ordersp. 262
Example of Standard Setting in Other Industries That Require High Investmentsp. 264
Large Investments and Interface Ambiguities: The Internetp. 270
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780333970393
ISBN-10: 033397039X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 13th November 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1