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P. Ahokangas et al., "Business Models for Local 5G Micro Operators," 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), Seoul, 2018, pp. 1-8.

Business models for local 5G micro operators

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Author: Ahokangas, Petri1; Matinmikko-Blue, Marja2; Yrjölä, Seppo3;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu, Finland
2University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), Oulu, Finland
3Nokia, Oulu, Finland
4Aalto University, Department of Communications and Networking, Helsinki, Finland
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Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-03-06


5G will change the mobile communication business ecosystem by introducing location specific high-quality wireless networks that can by operated by different stakeholders. This development will change the traditional business models and ecosystem roles, as well as open the market for new local mobile network operators. These operators, such as recently introduced micro operators, can target specific customers in different vertical sectors with closed 5G networks, serve mobile network operator’s (MNO) customers in high-demand areas on behalf of the MNO as a neutral host with open 5G networks, or mix different types of customers and offerings through various hybrid business models. This paper discusses business model options for local 5G micro operators, addressing also the different network deployment options. Three generic 5G business models and respective value ecosystems are presented: Vertical business model and ecosystem, Horizontal business model and ecosystem, and Oblique business model and ecosystem. Finally, the scalability, adaptability and sustainability of the business models and ecosystems are examined.

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Series: IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
ISSN: 2334-3125
ISSN-L: 2334-3125
ISBN: 978-1-5386-5191-9
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-5192-6
Pages: 1 - 8
DOI: 10.1109/DySPAN.2018.8610462
Host publication: 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN)
Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research has been financially supported by Business Finland in uO5G project and Academy of Finland in 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927). The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of uO5G project consortium.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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