The Triumphant Consumer? VOIP, 'Little Smart,' and Telecom Service Reform in China
Federal Communications Commission
August 15, 2007
Can innovations in communications technology dilute the power of China’s authoritarian government? When Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Little
Smart (xiao lingtong) personal handyphone service arst broke into China’s market, they were illegal. However, consumers loved the services and demanded more. Using VOIP consumers can make cheap long distance calls. Little Smart introduced an old technology to China that makes mobile phone services more affordable to the masses. Eventually, the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), which initially had banned both, then legalized both under pres- sure from other parts of the government and from consumers. The planned economy is breaking down and the government is constructing piecemeal the foundation for a rules-based economy.
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Date posted: July 27, 2012
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