Date:  Thursday, July 19, 2007

Time:  7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location:  AT&T Laboratories (formerly SBC)

9505 Arboretum Blvd.

Austin, TX  78759

Topic:  China's 3G Mobile Services Industry
Speaker:  Steve Crowl, Asst Prof. St. Edward's University


China has the largest population of mobile subscribers and two of the three largest mobile operators. The migration to third generation (3G) services was much anticipated in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics to provide another broadcast medium. But technical and political issues have delayed granting the requisite 3G licenses. A team of St. Edwards MBA students traveled to China to research this market as part of their Capstone course. This talk will discuss the China mobile telecom industry, migration paths to 3G services, and observations from the team's primary research.

Speaker Bio:

Steve Crowl - Asst. Professor, St. Edwards University. Steve is Director of the Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems and chair of the Management Information Systems MBA concentration. He recently co-led a MBA student team researching China's 3G mobile industry. Prior to relocating to Austin, he was director for Sprint's web-hosting service, Passport, its nationwide ISP, and one of the initiators of the MAGIC gigabit test network. He began his career as a router software engineer. Steve is a Senior Member of IEEE and currently Program Chair for the Wireless Hive Network Symposium. His education includes a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.