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Competition for the Mobile Internet

  • Editors
  • Eli M. Noam
  • Dan Steinbock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Dan Steinbock
      Pages 1-11
  3. Policy Debate

  4. Industry and Market Developments Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Dan Steinbock
      Pages 65-87
    3. Kathryn Rudie Harrigan
      Pages 89-102
    4. John M. Bensche, Jennifer C. Ritter
      Pages 103-119
    5. Nicholas Economides
      Pages 121-128
  5. Industry Perspectives: Networks, Applications and Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Kari-Pekka Wilska
      Pages 131-144
    3. Clayton Foster
      Pages 145-167
    4. Donna Campbell, Keith Shank
      Pages 169-174
  6. Globalization and Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Dan Steinbock
      Pages 207-213
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-223

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, billions of dollars (and euros, yen, and other currencies) have been spent by wireless services providers to acquire the radio frequency spectrum needed to offer so-called "Third Generation" (3G) mobile services. These services include high-speed data, mobile Internet access and entertainment such as games, music and video programs. Indeed, as voice communications are substituted by data communications, software -rather than terminals or networks- has become the driver of the wireless industry. Meanwhile, services are becoming increasingly specialized.
Why has the road to multimedia cellular been so difficult? These benefits of the mobile Internet have come with the costs of a massive transition that has coincided with the bust of stock markets and the technology segments worldwide, controversial and costly license auctions in several lead markets, dated or mistaken regulatory policies, the clash between the early hype and the pioneering realities of the mobile Internet. But these are generalities that barely scratch the surface. The devil is in the details. And it is these details that Competition for the Mobile Internet addresses.

Keywords

Internet Scratch Segment Software communication development multimedia network networks radio

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