Chinese institutions and standardization: The case of government support to domestic third generation cellular standard

Chinese institutions and standardization: The case of government support to domestic third... There are unique and distinct institutional processes associated with the Chinese government's support of the domestically developed third generation (3G) cellular standard, TD-SCDMA. After postponing several times, China awarded three third generation cellular licenses in January 2009: a TD-SCDMA license to China Mobile, a CDMA 2000 license to China Telecom and a WCDMA license to China Unicom. The Chinese government has demonstrated a clear bias in favor of TD-SCDMA. This article examines the role of formal and informal institutions in shaping the Chinese 3G landscape. This paper makes two contributions to the literature. First, this work extends studies on institutional theory focusing on standardization to the context of China. Second, unlike most ICT research which deals with standards originated in the West, this paper's focus on developing country-originated standard provides novel and unique insights related to institutional processes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Telecommunications Policy Elsevier

Chinese institutions and standardization: The case of government support to domestic third generation cellular standard

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Publisher
Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0308-5961
eISSN
1879-3258
DOI
10.1016/j.telpol.2011.03.005
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Abstract

There are unique and distinct institutional processes associated with the Chinese government's support of the domestically developed third generation (3G) cellular standard, TD-SCDMA. After postponing several times, China awarded three third generation cellular licenses in January 2009: a TD-SCDMA license to China Mobile, a CDMA 2000 license to China Telecom and a WCDMA license to China Unicom. The Chinese government has demonstrated a clear bias in favor of TD-SCDMA. This article examines the role of formal and informal institutions in shaping the Chinese 3G landscape. This paper makes two contributions to the literature. First, this work extends studies on institutional theory focusing on standardization to the context of China. Second, unlike most ICT research which deals with standards originated in the West, this paper's focus on developing country-originated standard provides novel and unique insights related to institutional processes.

Journal

Telecommunications PolicyElsevier

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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