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The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi
The Road to Global Success

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Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes, John Groenewegen, Donald Johnson, Bruce Tuch, Michael Marcus, Kai Jakobs, Cees Links, Alex Hills, Dorothy Stanley, Albert Heijl, Els van der Kar, Gerd-Jan de Leeuw, Leo Brand, Leo van Audenhove, Huub Schuurmans, Marten Vijn, Gerard Mourits, William Melody, Marianne van der Steen, Ronald Brockmann, Jaap Haartsen, Richard van Nee, Allert van Zelst, Ellen van Oost, Stefan Verhaegh, Nelly Oudshoorn, Peter Anker, Pierre Rossel, Matthias Finger
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199711

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  • Wi-Fi has become the preferred means for connecting to the internet – at home, in the office, in hotels and at airports. Increasingly, Wi-Fi also provides internet access for remote communities where it is deployed by volunteers in community-based networks, by operators in ‘hotspots' and by municipalities in ‘hotzones'. This book traces the global success of Wi-Fi to the landmark change in radio spectrum policy by the US FCC in 1985, the initiative by NCR Corporation to start development of Wireless-LANs and the drive for an open standard IEEE 802.11, released in 1997. It also singles out and explains the significance of the initiative by Steve Jobs at Apple to include Wireless-LAN in the iBook, which moved the product from the early adopters to the mass market. The book explains these developments through first-hand accounts by industry practitioners and concludes with reflections and implications for government policy and firm strategy.

    • First-hand industry perspectives link the practice of innovation to the theory of innovation
    • Shows how successful firm strategy relies on linking innovation to product introduction
    • Provides important advice for practitioners and policymakers about designing and applying successful standardisation strategies
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    Prizes

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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    "The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi: The Road to Global Success involves almost a score of contributors, including many influential voices in the Wi-Fi world … It collects and preserves several great ideas, stitching them together in one place. That makes the gems accessible, turning them into something very useful for many readers. It should become a focal point for all subsequent developments."
    Shane Greenstein, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Computing Now

    "Participants in a historical watershed such as the development of Wi-Fi wireless systems rarely write a concise, readable account of what happened. But Lemstra, Hayes, Groenewegen (all, Delft Univ. of Technology, Netherlands), and other contributors to this carefully edited volume have done exactly that … Unusual in an edited volume, the style is consistently clear throughout. While not every reader will benefit from every chapter, there is enough in this work to please technologists, historians, business and economics specialists, and the general reader who wants to know where Wi-Fi came from. Summing up: highly recommended."
    K. D. Stephan, Texas State University-San Marcos, Choice

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199711
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of contributors
    Introduction Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes and John Groenewegen
    Reading guide
    1. The case and the theoretical framework Wolter Lemstra, John Groenewegen and Vic Hayes
    Part I. The Wi-Fi Journey:
    2. NCR - taking the cue provided by the FCC Wolter Lemstra, Donald Johnson, Bruce Tuch and Michael Marcus
    3. Creating a wireless LAN standard - IEEE 802.11 Kai Jakobs, Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes, Bruce Tuch and Cees Links
    4. Crossing the chasm - the Apple Airport Wolter Lemstra, Alex Hills, Vic Hayes, Dorothy Stanley, Albert Heijl and Bruce Tuch
    5. Hotspots - the Starbucks initiative Wolter Lemstra, Els van der Kar, Gerd-Jan de Leeuw and Leo Brand
    6. Wi-Fi community networks - wireless Leiden Wolter Lemstra, Leo van Audenhove, Huub Schuurmans, Marten Vijn and Gerard Mourits
    Part II. The Wi-Fi Journey in Perspective:
    7. Wi-Fi in developing countries - catalyst for network extension and telecom reform William Melody
    8. The Dutch connection to US-based NCR, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems Wolter Lemstra, Marianne van der Steen, Ronald Brockmann, Jaap Haartsen, Cees Links, Richard van Nee, Bruce Tuch and Allert van Zelst
    9. Wi-Fi as community based innovation Ellen van Oost, Stefan Verhaegh, Nelly Oudshoorn and Wolter Lemstra
    10. The governance of radio spectrum - license-exempt devices Peter Anker, Wolter Lemstra and Vic Hayes
    11. Exploring the future of Wi-Fi Pierre Rossel and Matthias Finger
    12. Reflections and implications for policy and strategy formation Wolter Lemstra and John Groenewegen
    Part III. Annexes: Annex 1. Glossary Wolter Lemstra
    Annex 2. Timeline of major events related to Wi-Fi Wolter Lemstra and Vic Hayes
    Annex 3. Overview of IEEE 802.11 Wireless-LAN standards Vic Hayes
    Annex 4. The Wi-Fi ecosystem Gerd-Jan de Leeuw
    Index.

  • Authors

    Wolter Lemstra, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    Wolter Lemstra is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Technology, Policy and Management at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) and Senior Lecturer at the Strategy Academy, The Netherlands. He has twenty-five years of experience in the telecom sector, at Philips, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

    Vic Hayes, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    Vic Hayes is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Technology, Policy and Management at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), The Netherlands. He is the recipient of eight awards, including The Economist Innovation Award 2004, the Dutch Vosko Trophy, the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award, and the IEEE Steinmetz Award.

    John Groenewegen, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    John Groenewegen is Professor of the Economics of Infrastructures at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), The Netherlands. He is also a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute (TI) in the Rotterdam School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Contributors

    Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes, John Groenewegen, Donald Johnson, Bruce Tuch, Michael Marcus, Kai Jakobs, Cees Links, Alex Hills, Dorothy Stanley, Albert Heijl, Els van der Kar, Gerd-Jan de Leeuw, Leo Brand, Leo van Audenhove, Huub Schuurmans, Marten Vijn, Gerard Mourits, William Melody, Marianne van der Steen, Ronald Brockmann, Jaap Haartsen, Richard van Nee, Allert van Zelst, Ellen van Oost, Stefan Verhaegh, Nelly Oudshoorn, Peter Anker, Pierre Rossel, Matthias Finger

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