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Scenarios and business models for 4G in Europe

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Title:Scenarios and business models for 4G in Europe
Author(s):Pieter Ballon, (Senior Consultant, TNO Strategy Technology and Policy, Delft, The Netherlands)
Citation:Pieter Ballon, (2004) "Scenarios and business models for 4G in Europe", info, Vol. 6 Iss: 6, pp.363 - 382
Keywords:Business development, Europe, Mobile communication systems
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/14636690410568641 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This paper investigates the main trends and uncertainties that will define fourth generation mobile systems and services (4G) in Europe. It outlines two divergent visions on 4G: the so-called “immediate” 4G vision, consisting of wireless local area networks (WLANs) combined with other wireless access technologies, competing with 3G in the short term, and the so-called “linear” 4G vision, in which the 3G standard is not replaced until the end of its life cycle by an ultra-high speed broadband wireless network. Which of these visions will materialise, and what this means for the competitiveness of the main 4G stakeholders in Europe, will be to a large extent determined by which business models are feasible for 4G.

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