The Wireless Ecosystem Includes Mobile Carriers

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Alvin Cahyadi, Devyani Rana, Emmeline Tjong 1) The wireless ecosystem includes mobile carriers, software providers, chipset and handset manufacturers, and application providers. They interlock to create a process where consumers purchase phones and subscribe to plans through mobile carriers. Chipset and handset manufacturers integrate operating systems created by software providers into phones that are sold to these carriers. Application developers then use the software as a platform to upload their creation for smartphone users.
This industry relies very heavily on the performance of each other, making each stakeholder complements to the other. As each part of the ecosystem improves, it positively affects the industry as a whole. Mobile carriers gain revenues from intensive use of data, thus allowing carriers to capitalize on the ARPU rather than selling phones at a high margin. As more smartphones are bought as bundles with carriers, chipset and handset manufacturers would also directly benefit from the increase in data sales. Similarly, software providers and application developers would have the opportunity to reach a large audience by integrating their creation into these devices. Thus, it is a cycle where the success of one would entail the success of another in the ecosystem.
In 2008, Android released G1 and Nokia acquired Symbian with the hopes to release a similar open source software license. As explained above, these would impact the ecosystem

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