The impact of globalization on the telecommunication industry research proposal paper
The impact of globalization on the telecommunication industry: Case study of telecommunication industry in Africa
Globalization is new and important phenomenon and has been since the introduction of steamships, railroads and the telegraph. While there is much to be said for this nothing-new-under-the-sun skepticism, some leading economists have very recently argued that globalization has entered a new phase. Globalization will continue and it will continue to create pressures to reallocate economic resources across sectors, firms and occupations means unbundling any sort of economic relationships were bundled spatially to minimize transportation; the price of many goods, services and wages were set in local markets, not global markets including telecommunication sectors.
Outline of Problems
Globalization and information present increasing difficulties for nation states as they attempt to make choices about public policy, or allocate their scarce resources to confront these challenges. Telecommunications and communications technologies are extremely important components of this transformation in global economy, it is important that social scientists attempt to understand impact on local realities. There is a need for clear theorization of globalization and transformation occurring in the economy, process of high-technology policy formulation and exercise of state.
What are changes occurring in telecommunication arena that is influencing the sector restructuring of Africa telecommunications? What are implications of globalization communications technologies for Africa as a state? Successful process of developing policy to restructure telecom industry in Africa is charged political economy has required tremendous political skill between global pressures of World Trade Organization and Negotiating Group on Basic Telecom (NGBT), advancing technological developments, domestic pressures of organized labor and host of intermediate associations. Research will argue and apply a analytical framework to the African political economy called Global Innovation-Mediated Paradigm Shift (GIMPS), intermediate association, economic ideology and international system will be used to examine international variables to determine globalization impact on telecom sector in Africa nations such as South Africa.
H1: There is positive impact of globalization towards telecom industry in Africa
There focus on telecom policies as the role in facilitating development of global economy. The telecom sectors offer an excellent case as to which there can explore positive effects of changing techno-economic paradigm and globalization in the area of mass production. The telecom in Africa will be ideal for examining of changing relationship between public authorities and the private sector.
H2: There is negative impact of globalization towards telecom industry in Africa
Overly rapid pace of innovation and high research and development costs favor merger of leading telecom companies while new technologies have led to greater array of IT processing and communications services available to business and consumers. The increased competition, mergers and high research and development costs may alter traditional relationship between national telecom sectors and globalization bases. There can be inadequate exploration of telecom policy, changing nature of underlying business model for Africa’s position. The conflicting pressures can be acute within Africa nations as there has been an attempt to overcome its racially oppressive history and move into new democratic era.
For methodology, case study analysis will be used encountering comprehensive case study analysis on history, transition and other aspects of telecom sector operating in South Africa in lieu to the recognition of globalization effects of the latter sector and how to resolve issues and challenges of global trends hitting the country. Case study analysis can serve as a direct information source to the current situation of telecom industry in Africa and how it globalization grounds adhere to the presence of telecom restructuring. For instance, South Africa is already moving down the IT based path toward global society, the communications technologies within the region has closely paralleled and telecom development cues, when South African Department of Post and Telecom or (SAPT) converted from analogue to digital switching, it was one of the first such organizations within global world to take what was considered a bold move at the time.
Major resources needed
Richard Baldwin (2006), “Globalization: the great unbundling”
Derrick L. Cogburn, "Globalization, Information Technology and State Autonomy," unpublished doctoral dissertation (Washington, DC: Howard University, 1996)
Derrick L. Cogburn, ed., Information and Communications for Development: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism in Building the Global information Society (Washington DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1996).
Thabo Mbeki, "Keynote Address," Address delivered to the G-7 Ministerial Meeting on the Global Information Society (Brussels: February 1995)
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