The New ICT Ecosystem: Implications for Policy and Regulation

The New ICT Ecosystem: Implications for Policy and Regulation

by Martin Fransman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521191319

ISBN-13: 9780521191319

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The ICT sector is crucial as a driver of economic and social growth. Not only is it an important industry in its own right, but it also provides the communication and infrastructure without which modern economies could not function. How does this sector work? Why is it stronger in some countries than in others? What should companies, governments and regulators be…  See more details below

Overview

The ICT sector is crucial as a driver of economic and social growth. Not only is it an important industry in its own right, but it also provides the communication and infrastructure without which modern economies could not function. How does this sector work? Why is it stronger in some countries than in others? What should companies, governments and regulators be doing to enhance its contribution? In The New ICT Ecosystem, Martin Fransman answers these and other questions by developing the idea of the ICT sector as an evolving ecosystem. He shows that some components of the ICT ecosystem, particularly the innovation process, work better in some countries and regions than in others. For example, the Internet content and applications layer of the ecosystem tends to work better in the US than in Europe or Asia. The analysis in this book enables policy makers and regulators to understand why some parts of the ICT ecosystem are underperforming and what can be done to enhance their performance. The previous edition of The New ICT Ecosystem won the 2008–10 Joseph Schumpeter Prize. • Winner of the 2008–10 Joseph Schumpeter Prize • Presents a highly original analysis of the ICT sector based on the metaphor of an evolving ecosystem • Provides important advice to policy makers and regulators about how underperforming parts of of the ICT sector can be improved

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521191319
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of exhibits page

Introduction 1

1 Summary of the argument 3

2 The new ICT ecosystem: architectural structure 21

3 The new ICT ecosystem as an innovation system 34

4 The new ICT ecosystem: a quantitative analysis 55

5 Telecoms regulation 72

6 Policy-making for the new ICT ecosystem 86

7 The way forward: the message to policy-makers and regulators 102

Appendixes

1 The evolution of the new ICT ecosystem, 1945-2007: how innovation drives the system 107

2 European regulation of electronic communications, 1987-2003 138

3 Some problems with the dominant regulatory paradigm in telecoms (DRPT) 158

4 A short introduction to Schumpeterian evolutionary economics 164

5 Other layer models: OSI and TCP/IP 168

6 Content, applications and services: definitions 170

7 Why do US Internet companies dominate in layer 3? 173

8 How did East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China) become so strong in layer 1? 197

9 China's telecoms service providers in layer 2 218

10 Companies in our database, by layer 223

Bibliography 228

Index 238

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