An analysis of interdependencies in mobile communications technology: The case of WiMAX and the development of a market assessment model

Jin Su Kang*, Hong Yuh Lee, Julio Tsai

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Abstract

This study explores how the consequences of interdependency in the mobile communications ecosystem affect the deployment of a technology. Eight perspectives are proposed to represent key stakeholders in the mobile communications ecosystem, including industry standards, ecosystem leaders, market demand, product and service substitutes, the business and operations model, government policy and regulation, investors, and " complementors" This assessment model was applied to mobile Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), one of the prospective 4G technologies. The results show that the critical weakness of the WiMAX ecosystem is the lack of legacy operators' support which significantly affects all the stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-293
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume33
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • 4G
  • Business ecosystem
  • Mobile market assessment model
  • WiMAX

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