Evolving Competitive Dynamics of the Mobile Telecommunications Industry in 2012 and Beyond

By Robert Burgelman, Christopher Nguyen, David Hoyt
2013 | Case No. SM211 | Length 60 pgs.
This note describes the mobile telecommunications industry in 2012, and how the various participants were positioned for the future. This was a period of rapid change, as some competitors were rapidly growing, while others were undergoing equally rapid descent. The note focuses on ecosystems that evolved around competing operating systems and microprocessors, and highlights developments in each industry layer—software, hardware, handsets, and network operations—as well as strategic issues related to intellectual property

Learning Objective

This industry note is intended to provide background information for discussions of strategy in a complex environment of competing and cooperating interests combined with rapid technological change.
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