A Tale of Two Countries: Mobile Communications, the Internet and the Digital Economy in China and India

30 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2019

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Rekha Jain

IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence, IIMA

Krishna Jayakar

Pennsylvania State University

Prabir K. Neogi

Carleton University

Date Written: July 25, 2019

Abstract

This paper focuses on the impact of the widespread penetration and use of intelligent mobile devices, particularly smartphones, married to broadband mobile networks, in China and India. China and India are the largest and second largest mobile markets in the world, with some 1.3 billion and 1.2 billion mobile subscriptions respectively. These two countries have leapfrogged directly into ubiquitous mobile communications networks, although an urban-rural gap remains in the deployment and use of broadband mobile networks.

As mobile Internet use, combined with electronic transactions and payments, becomes the new norm, policymakers will need to formulate new policies to address challenges related to the large-scale migration of mobile users to broadband networks and the use of Internet-based transactional services. The authors discuss and compare strategies being used in China and India, and how these are affected by their different economic and digital ecosystems. We analyze what has worked, what did not, the problems encountered and whether there are lessons to be learned that are of general applicability, as well as for these two particular countries.

Keywords: Mobile communications, Internet, smartphones, 5G, China, India

JEL Classification: O

Suggested Citation

Jain, Rekha and Jayakar, Krishna and Neogi, Prabir K., A Tale of Two Countries: Mobile Communications, the Internet and the Digital Economy in China and India (July 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3421696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3421696

Rekha Jain

IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence, IIMA ( email )

Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
India

Krishna Jayakar

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Prabir K. Neogi (Contact Author)

Carleton University ( email )

1869 Stonehenge Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K1B4N7
Canada
6137462329 (Phone)

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