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The Evolving ICT Industry in Asia and the Implications for Europe

  • Authors: Martin Fransman
  • EUR Number: JRC63986 Technical Note
  • Publication date: 4/2011


The Information Society Unit at IPTS (European Commission) has been investigating the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector and ICT R&D in Asia for several years. This research exercise led to a series of reports, written by experts from Europe from countries such as China, India and Taiwan.
This report covers several countries in Asia: namely, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. It describes their ICT sectors, within the framework of a Layer Model (FLM) developed by the author. It examines the industrial dynamics in the region and the role played by Asian countries in the global ICT industry. It then attempts to explain why these East Asian countries have come by the international competitiveness they currently enjoy. Finally, the report analyses the emergence of companies in the upper layer of the model and particularly in those parts that use the Internet as a platform, namely the new Internet companies which include such firms as Google, Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon and also Baidu, Jajah or Skype.

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