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S. Yrjölä, "How Could Blockchain Transform 6G towards Open Ecosystemic Business Models?," 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops), Dublin, Ireland, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/ICCWorkshops49005.2020.9145223

How could blockchain transform 6G towards open ecosystemic business models?

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Author: Yrjölä, Seppo1,2
Organizations: 1Nokia
2University of Oulu, Center for Wireless Communications, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-08-06


Future 6G scenarios in 2030 envision society that will be data-driven, enabled by near-instant and unlimited wireless connectivity to intelligence. This calls for a multidisciplinary approach and a re-imagining of how we create, deliver and consume network resources, data and services. This development will change the traditional business models and ecosystem roles, as well as open the market for new stakeholders like micro-operators, edge cloud operators and resource brokers. This paper discusses unprecedented challenges of enabling and stimulating multiple stakeholders to have a more active participation in the future 6G ecosystem and gives a brief outline of key implications of blockchain technologies for related business model transformations. The research extends the existing archetypes of closed and supply focused mobile broadband business models and proposes the novel open ecosystem-focused scenario in which value configuration is leveraging distributed ledger technologies. This expands the architecture from centralized innovation and transaction platforms towards decentralization without a focal resource-orchestrating entity. Results showed that blockchain enabled 6G business can be built on novel business opportunities, value generation and competitive advantage that have positive strategic consequences on scalability, replicability and sustainability.

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Series: IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China - Workshops
ISSN: 2474-9133
ISSN-E: 2474-9141
ISSN-L: 2474-9133
ISBN: 978-1-7281-7440-2
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-7441-9
Pages: 1 - 6
DOI: 10.1109/ICCWorkshops49005.2020.9145223
Host publication: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops) : Proceedings
Conference: IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: Supported by the Business Finland 5G-VIIMA program. The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the 6G Flagship project at the University of Oulu (grant no. 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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