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The Real Options to Technology Management: Strategic Options for 3G Wireless Network Architecture and Technologies

Kim, Hak Ju (2011) The Real Options to Technology Management: Strategic Options for 3G Wireless Network Architecture and Technologies. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The increasing demands for high-quality multimedia services have challenged the wireless industry to rapidly develop wireless network architecture and technologies. These demands have led wireless service providers to struggle with the current network migration dilemma of how to best deliver high-quality multimedia services. Currently, there are many alternative wireless network technologies, such as TDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, cdma2000, etc. These wireless technology choices require close examination when making strategic decisions involving network evolution.This study assesses the technology options for wireless networks to establish next generation networks (i.e., 3G), based on the real options approach (ROA), and discusses wireless network operators¡¯ technology migration strategies. The goal of this study is to develop a theoretical framework for wireless network operators to support their strategic decision-making process when considering technology choices. The study begins by tracing the evolution of technologies in wireless networks to place them in the proper context, and continues by developing the strategic technology option model (STOM) using ROA as an assessment tool. Finally, STOM is applied to the world and US wireless industries for the formulation of technology migration strategies. Consequently, this study will help wireless network service providers make strategic decisions when upgrading or migrating towards the next generation network architecture by showing the possible network migration paths and their relative value. Through this study, network operators can begin to think in terms of the available network options and to maximize overall gain in networks. Since the migration issues concerning the next generation wireless network architecture and technologies remain the subject of debate, with no substantial implementation in progress now, this study will help the industry to decide where best to focus its efforts and can be expanded for further research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kim, Hak
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeiss, Martin B. H.mweiss@mail.sis.pitt.eduMBW
Committee MemberMorel,
Committee MemberTipper, Daviddtipper@mail.sis.pitt.eduDTIPPER
Committee MemberMadhavan, Ravindranathrmadhavan@katz.pitt.eduRAM115
Committee MemberThompson, Richard A.rat@tele.pitt.eduRTHOMPSO
Date: 17 February 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 7 May 2004
Approval Date: 17 February 2011
Submission Date: 28 June 2004
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3G; real options; technology migration; wireless technologies; technology management; technology strategy
Other ID:, etd-06282004-155729
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:48
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:45


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