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GSM Technology and Telecoms in Sweden: The Story of Innovation and Industrial Transformation

Pyshkina, Tatiana LU (2011) EKHR22 20111
Department of Economic History
Abstract (Swedish)
The main research interest of this study is to explain how GSM technology transformed telecommunications industry in Sweden in terms of: a. prices, b. products and services, and c. new industry directions. The background assumption about transformative effect of GSM is inspired by Schön’s observations on the impact of the Second Industrial Revolution on electrification of the Swedish industry. This study transforms the theory of development blocks to include pervasive technology, or technology of widespread use. GSM here is regarded as the centre of the pervasive development block, an evolutionary outcome of the cellular technology, which in its turn is the outcome of the Third Industrial Revolution. The analysis found that GSM is truly a... (More)
The main research interest of this study is to explain how GSM technology transformed telecommunications industry in Sweden in terms of: a. prices, b. products and services, and c. new industry directions. The background assumption about transformative effect of GSM is inspired by Schön’s observations on the impact of the Second Industrial Revolution on electrification of the Swedish industry. This study transforms the theory of development blocks to include pervasive technology, or technology of widespread use. GSM here is regarded as the centre of the pervasive development block, an evolutionary outcome of the cellular technology, which in its turn is the outcome of the Third Industrial Revolution. The analysis found that GSM is truly a technology of pervasive nature with transformative impact on the Swedish telecoms industry on three major fronts: firstly, in interplay with cellular technology, GSM affected production at a lower cost and presumably accelerated the decrease in average prices of the telecoms equipment. Secondly, it introduced a decisively new portfolio of network services integrated both in Ericsson and Sony Ericsson products making the mobile phone widely popular in use whilst defining new directions in context of positive growth of the industry. Finally, it made possible the remarkable integration of Internet and mobile telephone changing the quality of the telecoms industry over the long-term. (Less)
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author
Pyshkina, Tatiana LU
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organization
course
EKHR22 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
GSM, telecommunications industry, general purpose technology, Sweden
language
English
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1978434
date added to LUP
2011-06-20 15:11:50
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2011-06-20 15:11:50
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  abstract     = {The main research interest of this study is to explain how GSM technology transformed telecommunications industry in Sweden in terms of: a. prices, b. products and services, and c. new industry directions. The background assumption about transformative effect of GSM is inspired by Schön’s observations on the impact of the Second Industrial Revolution on electrification of the Swedish industry. This study transforms the theory of development blocks to include pervasive technology, or technology of widespread use. GSM here is regarded as the centre of the pervasive development block, an evolutionary outcome of the cellular technology, which in its turn is the outcome of the Third Industrial Revolution. The analysis found that GSM is truly a technology of pervasive nature with transformative impact on the Swedish telecoms industry on three major fronts: firstly, in interplay with cellular technology, GSM affected production at a lower cost and presumably accelerated the decrease in average prices of the telecoms equipment. Secondly, it introduced a decisively new portfolio of network services integrated both in Ericsson and Sony Ericsson products making the mobile phone widely popular in use whilst defining new directions in context of positive growth of the industry. Finally, it made possible the remarkable integration of Internet and mobile telephone changing the quality of the telecoms industry over the long-term.},
  author       = {Pyshkina, Tatiana},
  keyword      = {GSM,telecommunications industry,general purpose technology,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {GSM Technology and Telecoms in Sweden: The Story of Innovation and Industrial Transformation},
  year         = {2011},
}