Title: Challenges and drivers in the 4G evolution in Korea

Authors: Dong-Hee Shin

Addresses: Department of Interaction Science (WCU program), Sungkyunkwan University, 53 Myeongnyun-dong 3-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-745, South Korea

Abstract: This study presents a case analysis of a socio-technical framework used to assess the development of 4th generation mobile technology in Korea. Using Actor Network Theory (ANT), this study develops a rich understanding of how 4G will evolve and stabilise in next-generation network environments. ANT provides a framework of ideas for describing the process of technology adoption and for developing stories that explain it. An interpretive case study investigates the complex interaction between the social and technical aspects of 4G by highlighting the co-evolving nature, diversity, and interface that constitute the next-generation network environment. It provides insight into the Korean mobile environment by offering a socio-technical analysis of 4G development and how it involves the dynamics of industry, regulation, and technology. The use of ANT as a framework of analysis reveals a unique set of socio-technical problems, challenges, and opportunities in 4G technology.

Keywords: mobile communications; 4G; Korean mobile market; sociotechnical perspective; ANT; actor network theory; Korea; next-generation networking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2010.032976

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2010 Vol.8 No.3, pp.297 - 312

Published online: 05 May 2010 *

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