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UMTS broadband mobile technology is a reality – Confounding many expectations


  • Heng, Stefan


Contrary to the negative public perception, third-generation (3G) broadband mobile telecommunication, aka UMTS, has become reality. UMTS networks have been rolled out above all in Central Europe. The take-up of UMTS differs sharply from one country to the next, though. The large differences are due not only to market-related factors and differing marketing strategies, but also to political intervention that distorts the market. At present, content providers, handset makers and telcos are working feverishly to produce UMTS-based supplementary offerings. For the sluggish demand for mobile broadband services still harbours a big risk for the entire telecommunications sector.

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  • Heng, Stefan, 2006. "UMTS broadband mobile technology is a reality – Confounding many expectations," MPRA Paper 3249, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3249

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    information an communications technology; telecommunications; 3G; broadband;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General

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