IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-19 April 2019 // Marrakech, Morocco
Touch through Wireless

Panel 6

5G for Businesses - How to Turn 5G Technologies into New Business Opportunities?


New 5th generation (5G) wireless network technologies are foreseen to transform industries and ecosystems through wireless services provided at gigabit speeds, milli-second latency, and by supporting wide range of novel applications connecting devices and objects. This transformation will create versatility by virtualization and enables innovative business models across multiple sectors.

However, Research regarding 5G related business models is still at its early stages. A practical challenge in 5G business transformation is to discover how the different change drivers in technology and use cases interact, are related to each other, and how the future of 5G business models unfold, as paced based on identified drivers. The biggest change in 5G mobile market is the potential emergence of a large number local 5G operators for serving vertical specific requirements to complement the existing MNOs.

This panel would give an overview of the 5G business opportunities and frames from different stakeholder perspectives, and seeks to answer the following questions: How could the evolution of 5G business models unfold? What will be the first businesses and how will the business ecosystems change? What could be the framing elements in technology, business and policy?

Panelist bios


Dr. Seppo Yrjölä, Principal innovator, Nokia, Finland.

Dr. Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Senior research fellow, University of Oulu, Center for Wireless Communications, Finland


Dr. Petri Ahokangas, Senior research fellow, University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Finland.


Ms. Elizabeth Migwalla, Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Middle East & Africa, Qualcomm International Incorporated

Mr. Tim Miller, Partner, Plum Consulting

Dr. Seppo Yrjölä, Principal innovator, Nokia