Chinas Telecommunications Revolution

Hardcover | April 6, 2008

byEric Harwit

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China's telecommunications industry has seen revolutionary transformation and growth over the past three decades. Chinese Internet users number nearly 150 million, and the PRC expects to quickly pass the US in total numbers of connected citizens. The number of mobile and fixed-line telephoneusers soared from a mere 2 million in 1980 to a total of nearly 800 million in 2007. China has been the most successful developing nation in history for spreading telecommunications access at an unparalleled rapid pace. This book tells how China conducted its remarkable "telecommunications revolution". It examines both corporate and government policy to get citizens connected to both voice and data networks, looks at the potential challenges to the one-party government when citizens get this access, and considersthe new opportunities for networking now offered to the people of one of the world's fastest growing economies.The book is based on the author's fieldwork conducted in several Chinese cities, as well as extensive archival research. It focuses on key issues such as building and running the country's Internet, mobile phone company rivalry, foreign investment in the sector, and telecommunications in China'svibrant city of Shanghai. It also considers the country's internal "digital divide", and questions how equitable the telecommunications revolution has been. Finally, it examines the ways the PRC's entry to the World Trade Organization will shape the future course of telecommunications growth.

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China's telecommunications industry has seen revolutionary transformation and growth over the past three decades. Chinese Internet users number nearly 150 million, and the PRC expects to quickly pass the US in total numbers of connected citizens. The number of mobile and fixed-line telephoneusers soared from a mere 2 million in 1980 to...

Eric Harwit is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii. A 1984 graduate of Cornell University, he received a diploma from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 1990, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. Professor Harwit is a frequent ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:April 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199233748

ISBN - 13:9780199233748

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Table of Contents

1. Industrial Policy and the Chinese Telecommunications Industry2. China's Telecommunications History and Policy Trajectory3. Telecommunications Competition in the 1990s and 2000s4. China's Internet and Government Policy5. Building the Network: The Role of Telecommunications Equipment Companies6. Telecommunications in Shanghai: A Case Focus on the Municipal Government's Role7. The Digital Divide of Telephones and the Internet8. Industrial Policy and Lessons of the Telecommunications Revolution

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"China's Telecommunication Revolution will be the benchmark study for students, researchers and scholars of China's media and telecommunications. It will be an essential reading in courses on global media policy and regional development. In addition, Harwit's book is clearly written, making it accessible for non-academic readers interested in China's policy-making institutions."--Michael Keane (QUT), Queensland University of Technology's "China-East Asia-Media-New Media" Publications Reviews