The New ICT Ecosystem: Implications for Policy and Regulation

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"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 (e.g. the USA) than in others (e.g. Europe and the developing world). This 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 2008-09 Joseph Schumpeter Prize"--Provided by publisher.

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"This book can be considered one of the first attempts to apply complex system dynamics to understanding the economics of information and communication technologies. … Martin Fransman applies with extraordinary competence this analytical framework to study the emergence and dynamics of ICT as an eco-system characterized by endogenous dynamics … The empirical analysis of Martin Fransman confirms that complex systems dynamics enables us to make important progress, not only with respect to standard microeconomics, but also with respect to the Schumpeterian legacy and the evolutionary approach." - Cristiano Antonelli, Research Policy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521191319
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Fransman is Professor of Economics and Founder-Director of the Institute for Japanese-European Technology Studies in the School of Business and Economics at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely in the fields of innovation and competitiveness. His books include Global Broadband Battles: Why the US and Europe Lag While Asia Leads (2006), Telecoms in the Internet Age: From Boom to Bust to…? (2002), Visions of Innovation: The Firm and Japan (1999), Japan's Computer and Communications Industry: The Evolution of Industrial Giants and Global Competitiveness (1995) and The Market and Beyond: Information Technology in Japan (1990).

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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


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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