National University

WCM612 Wireless Economics Topics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Shekar Viswanathan

Course Description

This course will teach students how to evaluate the impact of continually advancing wireless technologies on the varied perspectives of competitors and consumers. Students will study these impacts from the perspectives of wireless service providers, wireless equipment providers, wireless application providers, and consumers. Different business models employed by the various industry segments will be studied to gain insight into the interplay between business models and advances in technology. Finally, the course will study the impact of global competitive pressures and both national and international regulatory bodies on technology choices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate business plans of major competitors in the wireless business, based on their publicly available information
  • Identify and rank competing driving forces in the wireless service provider business, and estimate the impact of these driving forces on alternative business models
  • Identify, evaluate and rank competing driving forces in the wireless equipment provider business (infrastructure and handsets)
  • Analyze the impact of regional politics on wireless standardization bodies (for example, Europe versus North America, Asia versus Europe, etc.)
  • Analyze trends in wireless applications from the perspective of North American, European and Asian consumers, and estimate the impact of these trends on wireless hardware and software platforms
  • Develop and analyze alternative business models for wireless application providers
  • Analyze the impact of current and future spectrum availability on the business of wireless