Socio-Technical Dynamics in the Development of Next Generation Mobile Network: Translation Beyond 3G

Dong-Hee Shin, Hyunseung Choo, and Khisu Beom

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 78, no. 3, pp. 514-525, May 2010 (SCIE, IF:2.034)


This paper traces the translation processes associated with the mobilization of resources and industrial agency in the development of a next generation mobile network in Korea. To explain the socio-technical dynamics, the sociology of translation is used. The paper provides a story of a translation of strategy and related activities using Callon’s four moments of translation. The story illustrates how, during the translation process, 4G strategies have been formed, shaped, and enhanced.

It describes the process of technology adoption and developing stories by highlighting the co-evolving nature, diversity, and interface which constitute the next-generation network environment. It provides insight into the Korean mobile environment by offering a socio-technical analysis of 4G development and how it involves the dynamics of industry, regulation, and technology. The study suggests that the sociology of translation may be a promising explication of technological change and innovation.



Next generation of network, Beyond 3G, Korea, Socio-technical analysis, 4G, IMT-Advanced


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