Cellular Telecommunications: An Industry Driven by Intellectual Property and Technical Standards

Case Analysis

By 2009, only 30 years were after they had used mobile phones introduced commercially by billions of people worldwide. This note examines the development of the cellular telecommunications industry, with particular emphasis on the role of intellectual property rights and technical standards. Over the history of the industry, business, the owner of the intellectual property (IP) actively advocated for standards accepted that their IP to be integrated. Once standards have been adopted, companies with strong … Read more »

By 2009, only 30 years were after they had used mobile phones introduced commercially by billions of people worldwide. This note examines the development of the cellular telecommunications industry, with particular emphasis on the role of intellectual property rights and technical standards. Over the history of the industry, business, the owner of the intellectual property (IP) actively advocated for standards accepted that their IP to be integrated. Once standards have been adopted, companies were positioned with strong IP position to reap significant financial rewards. This has led to intense competition for the standards process out. This note covers developments up to 2009, including work on standards for the fourth generation (4G) cellular systems. However, its primary focus is on the earlier struggles between TDMA and CDMA technologies and the role of Qualcomm in influencing the establishment of standards process.
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Robert A. Burgelman,
Margaret LaBrecque,
David W. Hoyt,
Amanda Silverman
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
28 pages.
Release Date: 18, August 2009. Prod #: SM177-PDF-ENG
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