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Changing competitive behaviour in the telecommunications industry

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  • Antonello Zanfei

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[fre] Cet article met l'accent sur l'émergence de nouveaux types de comportements concurrentiels dans la section la plus stratégique du marché international des équipements de télécommunications. Un mélange particulier de facteurs de changements, en matière de technologie, de demande et de réglementation, a incité les entreprises à accroître leurs investissements en R&D — amplifiant de ce fait l'importance des innovations du procédé et du produit comme armes concurrentielles — et à élargir leurs débouchés — la complexité des applications induisant une variété plus grande dans l'activité innovatrice —. Avec le temps, ce processus a produit des asymétries significatives dans les positions relatives des entreprises, accroissant de ce fait la concurrence actuelle et potentielle. [eng] The paper focuses on the emergence of new patterns of competitive behaviour in the most relevant section of the international market for telecommunications equipment. A specifie mix of evolutionary factors, relating to changes in technology, demand and regulation, has spurred firms to increase their R&D investments — the accumulation of R&D has increased the importance of process and product innovation as a competitive weapon — and to enlarge their market outlets — the growing complexity of applications induces a higher variety of innovative activity —. Over time, this process has generated some significant asymmetries in the relative positions of companies, thus increasing actual and potential competition in this market.

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  • Antonello Zanfei, 1992. "Changing competitive behaviour in the telecommunications industry," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 62(1), pages 83-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:recind:rei_0154-3229_1992_num_62_1_1448
    DOI: 10.3406/rei.1992.1448
    Note: DOI:10.3406/rei.1992.1448
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