6G Research Visions Webinar Series:

Essential Choices for Developing Preferred Business of 6G in the Age of Platforms, Ecosystems, and Empowerment

Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 5:00-6:30 PM (Helsinki, UTC/GMT +03:00, CET +01:00)

About the Event

The second webinar in the 6G Research Visions Webinar Series will address the essential choices for developing preferred business of 6G in the age of platforms, ecosystems, and empowerment. After the round-up of the White Paper on Business of 6G, short transdisciplinary pitches will discuss the topic from political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental viewpoints.

The webinar is moderated by Prof. Pract. Dr. Seppo Yrjölä, who led the Expert Group that prepared the White Paper on Business of 6G and Ms. Hanna Saarela, Development Manager, University of Oulu.

Talks by Expert Group representatives:

Introduction to Business of 6G scenarios
Prof. of Practice, Dr. Seppo Yrjölä, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu

Antecedents of Future 6G Mobile Ecosystems
Adj. Prof., Dr. Petri Ahokangas, Senior research fellow, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu

The Role of Regulation and Spectrum Sharing in the 6G Era
Adj. Prof., Dr.Sc. (Tech.), Ph.D. Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu

6G Indicators of Value and Performance
Dr. Volker Ziegler, 6G Leadership, Nokia Bell Labs & CTO, Germany

Human-centered Design as a Business Driver for 6G Technologies
Asst. Prof. Vivek Kant, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, IDC School of Design, Mumbai, India

MNO Openness: the Next Business Opportunity 
Research Asst. Prof. Harilaos Koumaras, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, Athens, Greece

 After the talks, a minimum of 30 minutes is reserved for discussionA recorded video of the webinar will be openly available after the event.

Seppo Yrjölä is a Principal Engineer at Nokia Enterprise and has been building radios for 30 years in research, development, innovation, and business development. He incubates and steers opportunities externally with customers, partners, academia, and governments with the purpose of driving growth by innovating holistically from technology to business models. Previously as head of wireless technology for the Networks division at Nokia, his role required to look beyond the product roadmap and identify what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon, and determine and validate how those future opportunities fit into the Nokia pipeline.

Seppo holds a Doctoral degree in telecommunications from the University of Oulu and is a Professor of Practice and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu in the field of techno-economics of future wireless communications services and networks. His current mission is digitalizing the 70% of the GDP that has not yet been digitalized in order to drive massive productivity growth and new business. With roots in engineering and economics he explores how and why platform-based ecosystemic business models can emerge in the future wireless systems context.

He led the Expert Group that produced the “White Paper on Business of 6G”.

Petri Ahokangas (D.Sc., Adjunct Professor) works as Senior research fellow and the head of Futuralis (future digital business) research group at Martti Ahtisaari institute, Oulu Business School, Finland. Earlier he has worked as professor and head of department at Oulu Business School. Prior to his academic career he worked in the telecoms/software industry. He is board member in several software companies and has co-founded several companies. Petri’s research is in the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategic management, international business, futures and action research, and various fields on technology. Specifically, he is interested in business models, strategies, ecosystems and internationalization within digital and wireless business domains, especially in the domain of next generation (5G/6G) mobile communications. He has over 180 scientific publications and extensive experience of working in national and international research projects.

Marja Matinmikko-Blue – Research Coordinator of 6G Flagship at the University of Oulu, Finland – takes an interdisciplinary approach bringing together technical, business and regulatory domains in the development of future mobile communication systems. Her research focuses especially on spectrum management and related regulations, and sustainable development of 6G.

Volker Ziegler is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He is known for his strong commitment to customer and team achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to meet and exceed targets through strong intellectual grasp, excellent leadership skills, and a strong focus on creating new opportunities and business development impact.

In his current role of 6G leadership with Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research and scientific development arm of Nokia, he leads Nokia digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the fledgling ecosystem for the 6G era.

In his previous role as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks, Volker played a key role in defining Nokia e2e 5G offering and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and associated innovation, technologies and architecture. Prior to this, Volker served in Head of Strategy roles of the company and as Head of the North East region, helping gain market share in many key markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey.

Vivek Kant is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC School of Design), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IDC, IITB). He is cross-trained in both engineering and cognitive/behavioral sciences. His research interests are human factors; interaction design in complex systems; sociotechnical systems; history and philosophy of design, technology, and engineering.

Dr. Harilaos Koumaras is research assistant professor at NCSR Demokritos in the field of Mobile Communications (5G and B5G) with emphasis on vertical applications. Dr. Koumaras is the project coordinator of 5G-PPP 5GENESIS project, which focuses on the provision of a pan-European 5G experimentation testbed for third parties and other research projects, such as 5G-PPP 5G!Drones project. Currently, he is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, technical books and book chapters, numbering more than 1000 non-self citations.


The webinar series is organized by the Finnish 6G Flagship program and representatives of the 6G White Paper Expert Groups. For more information please contact us via 6gflagship@oulu.fi.

Highlights of the White Paper on Business of 6G

Value-capture in the 6G era requires understanding the dynamics of platforms and ecosystems.

Access to data and data ownership are increasingly the major factors in value creation, and limiting such access is a means of control and restricting empowerment.

By 2030, we could find greater societal focus on the sustainability, nature of humanity, values, creativity and self/social fulfillment and empowerment.

In profiting from 6G innovation, modularity and complementarity of technological solutions are of importance. This raises difficult openness and transparency as well as collaboration vs. competition issues especially in the use of data and algorithms, such as AI, as evolution of complementarities of different kind are needed for reaching the network effect.

6G business ecosystem that aim to bring together stakeholders to solve systemic sustainability problems will need open ecosystem focused value configuration and decentralized poly-nodal power configuration focusing long tail of specialized user requirements that crosses a variety of industries.