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Mid-entry technology strategy: the Korean experience with CDMA

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Mid-entry strategy is an R&D strategy designed for an efficient utilisation of scientific and technological resources across the nations. It chooses the entry point of R&D projects in the mid-stage of technical development. The technological situation of developing countries compels them to choose the mid-entry strategies tailored to specific technologies. The development of the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) based digital cellular mobile communication system by ETRI, Korea’s government-sponsored research institute, is an example showing the application of this strategy. ETRI utilised scientific resources owned by US based Qualcomm Ltd and co-operated with local companies for the development. In the first half of 1996 the successful commercialisation of the CDMA digital cellular telephone service was launched in Korea, ahead of all other countries. Two Korean mobile communications providers have adopted the system.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Energy System Research Center, Ajou University, Korea. 2: Science and Technology Policy Institute, Specialty Construction Center Building, Tongjak-Ku, Seoul, Korea.

Publication date: 01 October 1999

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