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Frameworks for Emerging Mobile Data Services: Proposed Survey of GSM Operators

Frameworks for Emerging Mobile Data Services: Proposed Survey of GSM Operators
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Author(s): A. T. Jarmoszko (Central Connecticut State University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 2
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch247
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Much is expected of the emerging mobile data services. Those mobile telephony companies – which have participated in 3G auctions and paid excessively for licensing – have indeed staked their future on the success of such services. However, this very future is still uncertain. The build-out of the 3G mobile infrastructure has been delayed by legal questions regarding licensing and by unmet deadlines for introducing network and handset equipment. Only recently have vendors of mobile handsets – PDAs, tablet PCs, mobile phones or combinations thereof – started to introduce devices that can be considered as appropriate for 2.5G and 3G mobile services. As the search for the killer mobile application continues, the expectation is that the coming months will bring a slew of new services. This paper is a report on the early stages of a research project. In this project I have undertaken to study the process of introducing mobile data services by operators of GSM networks around the world. In October 2002, the GSM Association listed 660 such operators in 180 countries. The study is designed to take place in two phases. First, the largest operators in the most mobile-developed countries will be surveyed for the express purpose of validating proposed frameworks and for surfacing important research issues. Once this is accomplished, the second phase will expand the population of studied GSM operators to improve statistical validity and ability to generalize results. The results of conducted surveys should be available in time for the 2003 IRMA Conference, May 18-21, 2003.

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