POPULATION DYNAMICS MODELS OF THE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
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The paper applies concepts of population dynamics on evolution of communication technologies. 'Lotka-Volterra' equations are applied to examine dynamics of the communication technologies in Slovakia and Czech Republic in 1948 - 2006. The fixed lines and mobile phones are considered predatory technologies hunting for their 'prey' - voice service subscribers. Cohabitation of two technologies is modeled within framework of full competition. Each technology squeezes out carrying capacity of its competitor. The mobile phones, however, exert considerable larger impact on the number of fixed telephone lines than vice versa. The paper also considers some limitations of the population dynamics approaches in economic modeling and discusses the different growth strategies by the particular types of technologies.
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