1. Telecommunications innovation system: development and impacts of the structural changes Possible research themes for BRICS Marina Szapiro
Associate Researcher of RedeSist, Economics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 14, 2006
2. To present the dynamic evolution and rupture of the Brazilian telecommunications innovation system; and
To propose some questions to be answered by the BRICS research. Structure of the presentation
3. Brazilian telecom innovation system (From the 1980s to mid 1990s)
4. Brazilian telecom innovation system: main achievements Gradual involvement of multinational subsidiaries in the process of innovation and technological capability development
Establishment of a network of local suppliers (120 local firms responsible for 17% of the market in 1982)
Local development of key technologies for the telecom system expansion (Trópico)
Reduction in the investment costs of building the Brazilian telecom network
5. The Context and impacts of Telecommunications Restructuring Process Trade liberalization of the beginning of 90s, Liberalisation process (1995) and Telebrás’ fragmentation and privatisation (1998)
Increase in investments
Increase in number of fixed and mobile lines
Entrance of new international operators
6. Disarticulation of the innovation system
Entrance of new equipment suppliers
Increase in imports of telecom equipment and acquisition of dynamic nationally owned firms by MNCs subsidiaries
Privatisation of CPqD, uncertainty and change of role in the system
Innovation in the equipment industry:
Reduction of the innovation rate from 2000 to 2003
Investment reduction in innovative activities from 2000 to 2003
Investment reduction in internal R&D activities from 2000 to 2003
Impacts of Telecommunications Restructuring Process
7. Impacts on the innovation system- Denationalization of the equipment industry
8. Impacts on the innovation system - Increase in telecommunications imports of components, parts, pieces and final products
9. Impacts on the telecom innovation system
10. Main results of telecom restructuring strategies from the point of view of the innovation system
Privatization: Maximization of the entrance of foreign capital
Entrance of multinationals telecom operators and denationalization of the equipment industry
Uncertainty of the R&D telecom laboratory
Weakening and disarticulation of Brazilian telecom IS
11. Perspectives of the telecom innovation system Definition of the Digital TV pattern
Funttel (sectoral fund for telecommunications)
12. Telecom innovation system and the BRICS Objectives
i) to analyze the historical evolution of the capability building process in telecommunications in the BRICS;
ii) to analyze and compare the structural reforms adopted in the 90s and its impacts on the five telecom innovation systems;
Iii) to discuss the policy implications of the main opportunities and obstacles of telecommunications capability building for the five countries.
13. Main questions for BRICS What was the organizational structure and the development level of the telecommunications innovation system before the structural reforms in the BRICS? What were the main results?
Do these countries continue to invest in the local development of telecommunications capability after the structural reforms?
What is the new organization of the telecommunications innovation system after the liberalization and deregulation process?
What are the new roles of the telecommunications equipment suppliers (both multinational subsidiaries and national firms), the local R&D centre(s), the university system and the services suppliers companies in the local technology development?