Title

Is There a Global Digital Divide for Digital Wireless Phone Technologies?

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2005

Abstract

This research examines digital wireless phone adoption among nations and regions that will help to provide a picture of the current global "digital divide." The data are drawn from 43 countries. We present a new theoretical perspective for IS research: a regional contagion theory of technology diffusion. We examine the efficacy of the new theory using empirical regularities analysis, and a vector autoregression and variance decomposition approach to establish information about the strength of the regional contagion links between countries in digital wireless phone diffusion. We found that faster growth of digital wireless phones occurs when a country has: a more well-developed telecommunications infrastructure, more competition in the wireless market, lower wireless network access costs, and fewer wireless technology standards. We also obtained a reading on cross-national influence of wireless diffusion. The countries we studied fell into three regional contagion groups: high, medium and low. The Asia Pacific countries revealed a pattern of homogeneously high regional contagion links, while Western European countries were divided across the three groups. Our findings are supported by a descriptive analysis of diffusion patterns and mini-case assessments.

Discipline

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

Journal of the Association for Information Systems

Volume

6

Issue

12

First Page

338

Last Page

382

ISSN

1536-9323

Publisher

Association for Information Systems

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