Title: Wireless connectivity and its relationship to emerging economies: the example of China

Authors: Jerry Fjermestad, Katia Passerini, Michael R. Bartolacci, Karen Patten

Addresses: School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA. ' School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA. ' Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University, Berks, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610, USA. ' Technology Support and Training Management, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, 112A Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC 29208, USA

Abstract: This paper explores the impact of wireless telecommunications on emerging economies while focusing on the progress made recently by China in a comparison to the US. The implications for developing economies, like China, and their potential for moving past other nations with established, traditional architectures are significant. China|s lack of traditional fixed-line telecommunications architecture has prepared to seemingly |leapfrog| other countries like the US with its use of widespread wireless technologies. Finally, we discuss the major challenges to China and the US.

Keywords: emerging economies; global connectivity; mobile communications; wireless telecommunications; China; wireless connectivity; wireless networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2008.019326

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2008 Vol.6 No.5, pp.633 - 645

Published online: 07 Jul 2008 *

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