Title: The key success to mobile internet in the Middle East: wireless set to take the lead

Authors: Ahmad M. Khasawneh

Addresses: Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II Faculty of Information Technology, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 150459, Zarqa 13115, Jordan

Abstract: The new and rapidly growing field of mobile internet, which combines laptop computers, wireless fax/modems, mobile phones and pagers will change and have changed the face of communication. Without a doubt, the emergence of standards such as Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), iMode, General Packet Radio Services (GPRS), Third Generation (3G) and Fourth Generation (4G) will drive wireless internet forward. The process through which these technologies are adopted and used in developing nations is important to understand for this reason. This research proposes to increase the understanding of mobile internet diffusion processes and the use of internet applications to advance the economic productivity of the Kingdom of Jordan, where the new King|s recent technology initiative appears to be aimed at leveraging the internet as a means of national competitive advantage.

Keywords: information technology; communication technology; ICT; internet; technology diffusion; user motivation; m-commerce; mobile commerce; mobile internet; developing countries; Middle East; Jordan; mobile communications; wireless networks; economic productivity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2009.024507

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2009 Vol.4 No.4, pp.477 - 488

Published online: 07 Apr 2009 *

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