Business models and techno-economic analysis for 5G networks

  • Monday, 12 June 2017 (room to be defined)

  • Organiser:

    • Theodoros Rokkas, Ioannis Neokosmidis (INCITES Consulting, Greece)
    • George Agapiou (OTE, Greece)
    • Carmen Mas Machuca (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
    • Simon Fletcher (Real Wireless, UK)
    • Valerio Frascolla (Intel, Germany)


Motivation and Background

This workshop will focus on relevant business- and techno-economic-aspects of future 5G networks. It will provide insight on the business impacts and opportunities from the deployment of 5G networks for all actors in the telecommunications ecosystem such as verticals, incumbent and new operators, service providers, application developers, content providers, regulators, equipment manufacturers etc. The potential for new roles such as brokers, aggregators and marketplaces, will also be discussed.

The workshop will consider contributions coming from collaborative research funded projects under the H2020 umbrella, which include both the European funded projects, e.g. the 5GPPP Phase I set, but also the EU-Japan, EU-Korea and EU-Brazil co-funded schemes, so to offer the broadest possible technical as well as geographical coverage of business models and analysis of 5G networks worldwide.

5G networks promise to address most of the existing limitations of current networks as well as improve several aspects and introduce new functionalities and business models. Network softwarization, virtualization and multi-tenancy are some of the improvements associated with 5G that can create new business opportunities for traditional telecom operators and new actors such as service providers, software developers, brokers, startups and SMEs.  The session will address these new business opportunities and will present and debate new business models.

The workshop will also address aspects related to the techno-economic analysis of future 5G deployments such as CAPEX and OPEX modeling, demand models for new services, pricing strategies and charging schemes, including new methodologies and modeling. It will also identify major challenges of business and service coordination in the multi-actor 5G services value chain and will depict the correlation of 5G wholesale services as fundamental building blocks and enablers for retail markets and verticals.

The workshop will bring together representatives from the most important H2020 projects and other interested parties which have a common interest in the development and progression of the identified topics.



The workshop will be structured around the current progress and research activities of the H2020 projects in the areas of business modelling and techno-economic analysis. 


The workshop will include:

  • at least one invited key note speaker coming from the industry, academia or within the supported projects.
  • invited papers from H2020 projects and
  • a panel at that will conclude the workshop.


The final format will be decided after the acceptance of the proposal.


An indicative structure based on the current feedback is the following:

Key note speaker:

The key note speaker will be Håkon Lønsethagen who is a Senior Research Scientist at Telenor Research.

He received a B.Sc in 1987 in electrical engineering and computer science from University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He was granted a M.Sc. from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1988 (

Since 1990 he has been working with telecom network and service management and control, including distributed systems frameworks, architectures and middleware. Since 2000 his research activities have been related to network control and management of packet-based networks and intelligent optical networks, including techno-economic analysis. Over the last years focus has been on inter-NSP network services and business models, lately including SDN, NFV and 5G ecosystem analysis. He has participated in several EU projects, often as WP or task leader. He has several contributions to TM Forum, and is advisory board member of EU project NEAT and has been for SmartenIT. He served as editorial team lead for the NetWorld2020 whitepaper on principles of an evolved Internet ecosystem.


There will be presentations and invited papers (at least short) from several H2020 projects that have already expressed their interest to participate and support the workshop:

  • CHARISMA (Theodoros Rokkas): “Business modelling under the view of CHARISMA”
  • SESAME (Ioannis Neokosmidis): “Critical factors for 5G deployment and market adoption”
  • COHERENT (George Agapiou): “Techno-economics on spectrum and RAN tecniques for 5G networks”
  • 5GEX (Manos Dramitinos, Hakon Lonsethagen): “5G Multi-Operator Services and Exchange Solutions”
  • VIrtuWind (Carmen Mas Machuca): “Techno-economic framework for SDN/NFV industrial based networks: A Wind Park case stud”
  • SPEED 5G (Valerio Frascolla, Michael Fitch): “SPEED-5G project: Dynamic spectrum management and related new business opportunities”
  • 5G NORMA (Simon Fletcher): “Principal Techno-Economic considerations in the 5G flexible networking era”
  • mmMAGIC (Miltiadis Filippou, Javier Lorca): “mmMAGIC project: A techno-economic assessment of the proposed mmWave air interface concept”
  • SELFNET (Gregorio Martinez Perez, Anastasios Gavras)
  • FUTEBOL (Johann Marquez Barja)
  • 5G-MiEdge (Valerio Frascolla)
  • 5GCHAMPION (Emilio Calvanese Strinati)


Potentially, other projects coming from the European H2020

framework and are related to the topics of the session can also be invited or should be welcomed to contribute.