A Framework For Understanding Mobile Telecommunications Market Innovation: A Case Of China


Ping Gao
Jan Damsgaard


Most of the present research on the dynamics of mobile telecommunications market focuses on either technology innovation or service adoption. Drawing upon actor-network theory, we set up a framework that incorporates the two perspectives. We further apply this framework to dissect a case of China Telecom. The case study demonstrates that our model enables a systematic description on the mutual influence of infrastructure innovation and innovation adoption that moves beyond unilateral accounts. Moreover, our framework captures the interplay between mobile telecommunications market and its social network formed by the interrelated users, service providers and other related institutions. It is a useful too for the researchers to grasp a systematic understanding of mobile telecommunications development in China in particular, and in other countries in general.

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August, 2007

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