The Internationalisation of Mobile Telecommunications

The Internationalisation of Mobile Telecommunications

Strategic Challenges in a Global Market

Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley

Based upon the very latest data available, the underlying premise of the book is that mobile telecommunications is such a fast-moving sector that operators are obliged to alter their international strategies as circumstances unravel without necessarily having a long-term master plan, and hence that opportunism is a hallmark of operators’ international strategies. This state-of-the-art overview of the internationalisation of mobile telecommunications will prove essential reading for academics and practitioners with a vested interest in technology, telecommunications and strategic management.

Chapter 1: The Restructuring of the TMT Sector: A Ten-year Perspective

Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley

Subjects: business and management, organisational innovation, strategic management, innovation and technology, organisational innovation, technology and ict


1.1 INTRODUCTION ‘Boom and bust’ is a well-known expression and has been used in the context of many industries such as the railways since the mid-nineteenth century. It inevitably implies that a fairly radical restructuring of the industry has taken place, in all probability leaving rather fewer companies at the end of the process than were present at its beginning. It is a process that is generally driven by technological progress – new and more efficient ways of producing goods and services. In recent decades, rapid technological progress has been associated with anything digital such as computerisation, but it is fair to say that the one thing most affected has been communications, broadly defined. Communications is a difficult term to pin down since it stretches from, say, the writing of a piece of software to the installation of a fibre-optic network, so it is customary to narrow the field somewhat for analytical purposes by restricting it to so-called technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) although it is still by no means easy to deal with the problem that arises when, say, a large company produces equipment for a variety of different industrial sectors including one or more defined as TMT. Furthermore, a media company may be intimately connected with telecommunications operators in so far as it provides the content that is supplied down their pipes while at the same time providing large quantities of independent material for, say, television. Nevertheless, irrespective of how we define...

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