Publication Details

This paper was originally published as: Michael, K, Location-based Services- a vehicle for IT&T convergence, Advances in E-Engineering and Digital Enterprise Technology, Professional Engineering Publishing, UK, 2004, 467-477.


Location-based services (LBS), more than any other mobile commerce application area has served to bring together information technology and telecommunications (IT&T) industries. While much has been written on the potential of LBS, literature on how it is a catalyst for digital convergence is scant. This paper identifies and explores the various levels of converging technologies in mobile commerce by using three LBS case studies. Through literal replication the findings indicate that IT&T technologies are converging at the infrastructure, appliance and application level. It is predicted that mCommerce applications will increasingly rely on industry convergence to achieve their desired outcomes.