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China's Telecommunications Revolution

Eric Harwit

Abstract

China's telecommunications industry has seen revolutionary transformation and growth over the past three decades. Chinese Internet users number more than 150 million, and the PRC expects to quickly pass the US in total numbers of connected citizens. The number of mobile and fixed-line telephone users soared from a mere 2 million in 1980 to a total of more than 800 million in 2007 — the country took the number one rank in the world in the number of telephones. China has been the most successful developing nation in history for spreading telecommunications access at an unparalleled rapid pace. T ... More

Keywords: case studies, digital divide, industrial policy, industry, Internet, mobile telephone, telephone, Shanghai

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233748.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Harwit, author
Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii
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