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Yu Hong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040917

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040917.001.0001

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Making a Home-Base Strategy

Making a Home-Base Strategy

3G and 4G Mobile Communications and Industrial Policy

(p.79) Chapter 4 Making a Home-Base Strategy
Networking China

Yu Hong

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the evolution of mobile communications as a site of China’s “home-base” industrial strategy and, after the 2008 global economic crisis, as part of intensified geopolitical struggle in the techno-economic realm. This chapter, first, historicizes telecom development through successive network generations, starting from fixed-line networks to second-generation and then third-generation mobile networks. As the business ecosystem includes network-equipment production, handset production, and content development and distribution, this chapter, then, explores market-specific trajectories, dynamics, and challenges so as to make sense of varying state actions and the obstacles they faced under the general 3G developmental framework. Lastly, to underscore the state’s diluted interventionist capacity, the coda explores how the 3G mobile communications development has affected state strategies and competitive structures in the 4G era.

Keywords:   Techno-nationalism, import substitution, handset manufacturing, Huawei, ZTE, China Mobile, TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, technological standards, the mobile internet

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