Global Broadband Battles: Why the U.S. and Europe Lag While Asia Leads

Global Broadband Battles: Why the U.S. and Europe Lag While Asia Leads

by Martin Fransman
     
 

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Broadband communications have become the most important focus in the current evolution of the Internet. But there is a significant difference in the broadband performance of different countries, raising critical puzzles about the United States, Japan and Korea, and the European Union. The United States gave birth to the Internet, but ranks eleventh in global broadband… See more details below

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Broadband communications have become the most important focus in the current evolution of the Internet. But there is a significant difference in the broadband performance of different countries, raising critical puzzles about the United States, Japan and Korea, and the European Union. The United States gave birth to the Internet, but ranks eleventh in global broadband penetration. Japan and Korea lead the world in broadband performance, yet neither country dominates the global information and communications industry. The European Union has developed an effective new regulatory framework for electronic communications, yet is behind both Asia and the United States. Global Broadband Battles explains these puzzles while analyzing the dynamic drivers of the broadband industry, including the major technologies involved.

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"Martin Fransman is a pioneer in analyzing the development of high-tech industries. This study of broadband internet, put together by Fransman and a group of informed coauthors, examines the different paths taken by Korea, Japan, the United States, and several countries in Western Europe. It is a fascinating and illuminating story."
—Richard R. Nelson,
Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

"Global Broadband Battles is a fascinating and detailed account of the reasons why Japan and Korea have risen to world leadership in broadband communication, while the U.S. and Europe have been lagging. Fransman's book forcefully presents important policy lessons for companies and governments: competition should be fostered, the entry of new firms should be supported, and a regulatory regime allowing new competitors to be innovative should be encouraged."—Franco Malerba, Director of Centre for Research on Innovation and Internationalization, Bocconi University, Italy

"This book offers the reader a detailed explanation of the rise of South Korea to world leadership in the penetration of broadband, as well as the renaissance of Japan and the relative decline of the United States and Europe. It is compulsory reading for all those who wish to sort out these puzzles."—Chris Freeman, University of Sussex

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804753050
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2006
Series:
Innovation and Technology in the World E Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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