The transformation of the mobile telecommunications industry in Pakistan: A developing country perspective

Ping Gao, Adnan Rafiq

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Abstract

This paper offers a rare insight into the reality of the mobile telecommunications market transformation in Pakistan. Our analytical framework treats the mobile telecommunications market as a complex socio-technical system. Specifically, we define the telecommunications market as being composed of technology standards and three sets of social actors that include government institutions, network and service providers, and users. In the case of Pakistan, these social actors together determine the adoption of standards and services, and thus shape the trajectory of the market change. Our case study provides evidence that a pro-competition policy is imperative for mobile telecommunications development in developing countries, and an independent regulator is critical in promoting technological innovation. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-323
Number of pages14
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume33
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Innovation
  • Mobile telecommunications
  • Pakistan
  • Socio-technical system
  • Transformation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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