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  • Title: Cellular: An Economic and Business History of the International Mobile-Phone Industry
  • Author(s) Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, Martin Campbell-Kelly
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 18, 2022), Open Access
  • License(s): Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • eBook: PDF Files
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262543923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262543927
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Book Description

Tracks the evolution of the international cellular industry from the late 1970s to the present.

The development of the mobile-phone industry into what we know today required remarkable cooperation between companies, governments, and industrial sectors. Companies developing cellular infrastructure, cellular devices, cellular network services, and eventually software and mobile semiconductors had to cooperate, not simply compete, with each other.

In this global history of the mobile-phone industry, Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz and Martin Campbell-Kelly examine its development in the United States, Europe, Japan, and several emerging economies, including China and India. They present the evolution of mobile phones from the perspective of vendors of telephone equipment and network operators, users whose lives have been transformed by mobile phones, and governments that have fostered specific mobile-phone standards. Cellular covers the technical aspects of the cellphone, as well as its social and political impact.

About the Authors
  • Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz is an economist at Charles River Associates in Chicago. Martin Campbell-Kelly is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Warwick.
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