An empirical analysis of the determinants of 3G adoption in China

Alain Yee Loong Chong, Keng Boon Ooi, Binshan Lin, Haijun Bao

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The main aim of this study is to examine the factors that affect Chinese consumers' intention to adopt 3G. This study has extended the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) by incorporating the determinants of perceived usefulness, cost, trust, and demographic profiles of Chinese consumers. Data is collected from Chinese consumers via self-administered questionnaire. Structural equation modeling was applied to examine the research model proposed. Our result showed that social influence, service quality and perceived ease of use have a direct and significant relationship with perceived usefulness of 3G, and this in turn affects the consumers' decision to adopt 3G. Contrary to existing TAM research, perceived ease of use was not found to have a direct and significant influence with Chinese consumers' intention to adopt 3G. Our study also revealed that those with higher educational level are more likely to adopt 3G. Based on the findings, this research is able to propose several practical recommendations to 3G providers in China, such as enhancing the variety of services provided through collaborations with mobile software and content developers. Furthermore, 3G providers can focus on promoting 3G through services such as "Friends and Family" packages as Chinese consumers' 3G adoption decisions is influenced by their social network. In terms of theoretical contributions, this study has answered many calls from past researchers to investigate the determinants of perceived usefulness. This research was also conducted in China, which is one of the largest telecommunication markets in the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-369
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • 3G
  • Adoption
  • China
  • Consumer behavior
  • Structural equation modeling
  • TAM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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