This chapter, which addresses the specialized world of standard setting and spectrum policy, and the raw politics that shaped the infrastructure of wireless communications, analyzes the introduction of wireless broadband (third-generation, [3G]) services. It shows that more competition in telecommunications markets enhanced the market performance in many countries. The politics of transition raised the costs of the transition to 3G and often helped some competitors at the expense of others. The delay in 3G opened more technological options. The chapter also reveals that modularity and the Cheap Revolution grew in importance during the delay in rolling out 3G.
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