China's Telecommunications Revolution


Eric Harwit


New York: Oxford University Press

Available From: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-19-923374-8
Binding: cloth
Pages: xvii, 249


China's telecommunications industry has seen revolutionary transformation and growth over the past three decades. How did China conduct its remarkable "telecommunications revolution?" This book examines both corporate and government policy to get citizens connected to voice and data networks, looks at the potential challenges to the one-party government when citizens get this access, and considers the new opportunities for networking now offered to the people of one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Based on the author's fieldwork conducted in several Chinese cities, as well as extensive archival research, China's Telecommunications Revolution 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's vibrant 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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