Background of the Mobile Communications Industry

Background of the Mobile Communications Industry

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4074-0.ch004
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Abstract

Before we dive into how the mobile communications industry has developed, it is important to understand the general background of this industry. In this chapter, the background of the mobile communications industry is explained including historical and technological conditions and major actor groups as a foundation to approach the cases that are presented in chapter 5, 6, 7, and 8.
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2. Technological Background

The following description of basic mobile communications system architecture will provide a technological background with which to understand why and where technology standards are needed. The basic mobile communications system architecture consists of four main systems as shown in Figure 1 (Gallagher and Snyder, 1997).

Figure 1.

Basic mobile communications system architecture (Source: Gallagher and Snyder, 1997, p. 11)

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