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Petri Ahokangas, Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Seppo Yrjölä, Heikki Hämmäinen, Platform configurations for local and private 5G networks in complex industrial multi-stakeholder ecosystems, Telecommunications Policy, Volume 45, Issue 5, 2021, 102128, ISSN 0308-5961,

Platform configurations for local and private 5G networks in complex industrial multi-stakeholder ecosystems

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Author: Ahokangas, Petri1; Matinmikko-Blue, Marja2; Yrjölä, Seppo2;
Organizations: 1Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
2Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
3Aalto University, Department of Communications and Networking, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-04


Data and connectivity platforms play a crucial role in the digitalization of different sectors of our society. In complex industrial multi-stakeholder ecosystem contexts connectivity and data platforms are increasingly becoming converged, and private, vertical-specific local 5G networks are emerging. For this context, we depict and analyze alternative configurations for converging connectivity and data platforms and propose appropriate management actions for combining these platforms and achieving legitimacy. We examine a complex industrial multi-stakeholder ecosystem of a port and observe that in the considered case study, the convergence of connectivity and data platforms enhances digitalization and helps to create shared local information between stakeholders. The research identifies a set of regulatory challenges for local 5G networks in complex industrial multi-stakeholder ecosystems where the telecommunication and information technology-related regulations meet with vertical-specific regulations, leading to a complex environment in which to operate. As highly country-specific, these regulations can open new business opportunities or significantly slow down or even prevent a market opening to local private 5G networks for vertical-specific use.

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Series: Telecommunications policy. The international journal of ICT economy, governance and society
ISSN: 0308-5961
ISSN-E: 1879-3258
ISSN-L: 0308-5961
Volume: 40
Issue: 5
Article number: 102128
DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102128
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
512 Business and management
Funding: Authors would like to acknowledge the funding from Business Finland in 5G-VIIMA project and Academy of Finland in 6G Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (