Why this matters: if you are a policymaker or regulator in any country where you believe mobile devices or mobile apps represent a growth industry, you will feel pressure to encourage the device or app segment of the mobile and Internet ecosystem, possibly even to the detriment of the Internet service provider or other segments of the ecosystem.
If, on the other hand, one believes a domestic device or app industry is unlikely to develop, it is rational to take steps to encourage the ISP segment of the ecosystem.
The device and apps business tends to develop on a "winner take all" pattern.
If so, the tasks in most countries will tend to center on supporting ISPs and access availability, there being little possibility of fostering a globally-significant device or apps industry.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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