Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2002


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520/620


Wireless communication systems -- Engineering standards, Wireless communication systems -- Technological innovations, Technology -- Management, Engineering -- Management


In the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, technological standardization issues continue to contribute to the market dynamics. Our research focused on understanding the different mobile communications standards and their associated technologies. This paper discusses the various wireless standards in all the phases, analog, digital and high speed digital. A detailed discussion on the dominant standards, GSM and CDMA, and which would be the leading 3G standard, follows. From this, we hope to describe the reasons Europe collated to form the GSM standard and the reasons why the USA has not collated to form a standard and what have been the impacts. Also, this brings forth the question of whether having a single standard benefits the country and the world. This paper talks about the issues pertaining to that.

The wireless adoption rates have been hugely different in different parts of the world. The developed countries and developing countries have taken different approaches to wireless adoption. The developing countries are using wireless as a primary form of telephony and trying to leapfrog to the next generation. The developed countries are using wireless either as a complement to their fixed line network or to replace it. The various reasons, the issues and the impacts on these countries are discussed.


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