Competition for the Mobile Internet / Edition 1

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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 is 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. The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) has been exploring these fundamental questions in its Mobile Internet Project, vis- -vis ongoing research, a conference, and workshops, including experts from wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, application software developers, investors and government officials. Competition for the Mobile Internet is the culmination of these efforts. It explores the "twin drivers" of mobility and the Internet. Focusing on the industry transformation, this book stresses three central perspectives: public policy debate, industry and market developments, as well as industry perspectives. Unlike most available studies, it explores these perspectives through the collaboration of academic research, policy studies, and industry perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402070563
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Spectrum Policy and the Development of Advanced Wireless Services 15
3 The Next Frontier for Openness: Wireless Communications 21
4 Competition Policy for 3G Wireless Services 39
5 More Spectrum Must Be Provided To Serve Wireless Consumers' Needs 55
6 Globalization of Wireless Markets 65
7 Restructuring via Virtuality in the 3-G Context 89
8 The Emerging Wireless Value Chain and Capital Market Perceptions 103
9 Wireless Services and Network Economics 121
10 Terminals and Applications for the 3G Marketplace 131
11 Key Drivers of Success for 3G: A Carrier's Perspective 145
12 Applications in the 3G Era: Criteria for Success, Myths for Hype 169
13 Mobility and Applications: "It's the Audience, Stupid" 175
14 Globalization of the Wireless Industry: The Race to the Top 189
15 Epilogue 207
About the Contributors 215
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