Book Author: Ranjay Gulati & Mohanbir Sawhney
Book Review by : Vivek Gupta
Faculty Member, ICMR (IBS Center for Management Research)
Wireless Value Chain, Semiconductor Industry, Quantum Computing, DNA Computing, Nanotubes, Networks, Software, Services, Outlook for 3G, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, telecommunications union
In the past decade, several technologies were introduced but the most popular among them is the wireless technology. It has affected every aspect of life whether it is personal or business related. It has transformed business processes related to operations management and customer management. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the major parties involved in the wireless value chain. These are:
These are the companies who are going to manage the connectivity between two places and are also responsible for billing the services used by wireless users. These companies add value in the wireless chain by providing connectivity to users. However, these companies have to change their business models slightly as the wireless infrastructure becomes commoditized.
This segment will be providing software solutions and services to various companies operating in the mobile commerce industry. The value provided by these companies in the wireless value chain include providing various applications to enable mobile commerce and other services like what NTT DoCoMo is providing in Japan. This segment will remain very competitive in near future and success will depend on the value provided to the wireless users.
The companies, which are taking care of services like information storage, web site hosting and other services will add value to the wireless chain as they are providing additional benefits to companies as well as customers at a lesser cost. Another segment with-in this, is the companies that are providing content and own portals.
Most of the companies and equipment manufacturers are adopting 3G technology. The term 3G refers to the third generation mobile communication technology which has been defined by the international telecommunications union (ITU). The basic purpose behind 3G is to provide one uniform standard all over the world and increase the data transmission speed to 384kbps. Though most of the companies are taking steps to adopt 3G standards but there are number of political, financial, technological as well as the regulatory issues which needs to be solved by the ITU. The applications and technological and financial threat to 3G are explained in the Figure I.
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