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China's Telecommunications Revolution$
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Eric Harwit

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233748.001.0001

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Telecommunications in Shanghai: A Case Focus on the Municipal Government's Role *

Telecommunications in Shanghai: A Case Focus on the Municipal Government's Role *

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(p.135) 6 Telecommunications in Shanghai: A Case Focus on the Municipal Government's Role*
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China's Telecommunications Revolution
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233748.003.0006

This chapter examines the ways a key city in China, namely Shanghai, built both its telecommunications infrastructure and operations services. It highlights the policy process at the municipal level and indicates how city officials can work to develop this key sector. The chapter first briefly presents patterns of local government policies to build communications networks. It then focuses on the city of Shanghai to see how the regional government acted to build the industry. It probes for ways officials outside of the central system have contributed to building the sector on a regional basis. In doing so, it includes case study focus on several key companies, including Shanghai Unicom, AT&T, Eastday.com, and several key municipal corporations. It concludes that a scrupulous municipal government, working with a supportive national government and foreign investors that remained under control, could bring about effective economic growth in a key sector such as telecommunications.

Keywords:   corporatism, Eastday.com, foreign direct investment, Internet, joint ventures, local government, municipal, Shanghai, Unicom, AT&T

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