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The Internet and Mobile Telecommunications System of Innovation : Developments in Equipment, Access, and Content - Charles Edquist

The Internet and Mobile Telecommunications System of Innovation : Developments in Equipment, Access, and Content

By: Charles Edquist (Editor)


Published: January 2003
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This volume examines the "new" areas of telecommunications technology, focusing particularly on fixed data communications (including the Internet) and mobile telecommunications (including mobile Internet). A sectoral systems of innovation approach is used as a conceptual framework for the analysis of the telecommunications sector, in terms of equipment, access and content. The authors consider the emergence and expansion of new technologies and explore how the sectoral system of innovation is evolving and how previously independent systems are now converging. In particular, they address the question of equipment production and the provision of intangible service products such as Internet access and content. By addressing the production of both goods and services, they highlight the critical interdependence of service innovations and manufacturing innovations. Some of the specific topics discussed within the book include: the challenges for Europe of fixed data communications; second and third generation mobile telecommunications systems; data communication via satellite and television subsystems; the dynamics and trends of the Internet services industry; and policy implications for the future of the telecommunications sectoral system of innovation.

`. . . this book is a great reference tool for those involved in telecommunications. The macroeconomic aspects of how different entities affected the development of worldwide standards are addressed as well and make for interesting case studies.' -- Maike van Wijk, Business Information Alert

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xii
The Fixed Internet and Mobile Telecommunications Sectoral System of Innovation: Equipment, Access and Contentp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Systems of Innovationp. 1
Sectoral Systems of Innovation and System Boundariesp. 6
The Mobile Telecommunications and Fixed Internet Sectoral System of Innovationp. 10
Fixed Data Communications: Challenges for Europep. 40
Introductionp. 40
Stylized Features of 'Classical' Telephone Networksp. 41
Transformation of the 'Classical': Interaction between the Equipment Industry and Incumbent Operatorsp. 43
The Internet--Radical Changes in Standardization Proceduresp. 45
ATM and IP--Competition or Convergence? Or Co-evolution of Two Standards?p. 46
Structure of the Data Communications Hardware Industryp. 49
Internet Access Technologiesp. 51
The 'Acquisition Spree' of the Late 1990sp. 53
Turmoil in 2001 and Challenges for Europep. 57
The Global System for Mobile Telecommunications (GSM): Second Generationp. 71
Introductionp. 71
Historical Overviewp. 72
Technical Characteristicsp. 74
Related Systems and Standardsp. 79
Public-Sector Actorsp. 89
Private-Sector Actorsp. 99
Main Outcomesp. 109
Conclusionsp. 117
The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS): Third Generationp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Historical Overviewp. 130
Technical Characteristicsp. 131
Related Systems and Standardsp. 138
Public-Sector Actorsp. 145
Private-Sector Actorsp. 149
Main Outcomesp. 154
Conclusionsp. 155
Data Communication: Satellite and TV Subsystemsp. 162
Introductionp. 162
Satellite Communication Technologies and Institutions at the Global Levelp. 164
European Satellite Communications Development--EUTELSATp. 167
Data Communications through Satellite and Cable TV Networksp. 169
The Maritime Sector--INMARSATp. 171
Grandiose Satellite Phone Mega Projects of the Late 1990s--That Failedp. 172
The Early 2000s--Business as Usual?p. 175
The Internet Services Industry: Sectoral Dynamics of Innovation and Productionp. 177
Introductionp. 177
Technological Convergence in the Telecommunications Industryp. 178
The Internet as a Major Technological Discontinuityp. 181
Sectoral Dynamics in the Provision of Internet Servicesp. 185
The Provision of Internet Services in Europep. 192
A View on the US and Japanp. 197
Concluding Remarksp. 200
The Internet Services Industry: Country-specific Trends in the UK, Italy and Swedenp. 210
The Internet Sectoral System in the UKp. 210
Italy: Latecomer in the Internet Landscapep. 219
Internet Services in Swedenp. 229
Policy Implications for the Future of the Sectoral Systemp. 236
Introductionp. 236
Fixed Internetp. 236
Mobile Telecommunicationsp. 237
The Sectoral System's Future in Europe, the US and Japanp. 240
The Three Most Important Policy Issuesp. 242
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 244
Author Indexp. 247
Subject Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781843762324
ISBN-10: 1843762323
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: January 2003
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.58