Coopetitive Business Models in Future Mobile Broadband with Licensed Shared Access (LSA)

P. Ahokangas, M. Matinmikko (Corresponding Author), I. Atkova, L.F. Minervini, S. Yrjölä, M. Mustonen

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Spectrum scarcity forces mobile network operators (MNOs) providing mobile broadband services to develop new business models that address spectrum sharing. It engages MNOs into coopetitive relationship with incumbents. Licensed Shared Access (LSA) concept complements traditional licensing and helps MNOs to access new spectrum bands on a shared basis. This paper discusses spectrum sharing with LSA from business perspective. It describes how coopetition and business model are linked conceptually, and identifies the influence of coopetition on future business models in LSA. We develop business models for dominant and challenger MNOs in traditional licensing and future with LSA. The results indicate that coopetition and business model concepts are linked via value co-creation and value co-capture. LSA offers different business opportunities to dominant and challenger MNOs. Offering, value proposition, customer segments and differentiation in business models become critical in mobile broadband.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2
JournalEAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • business model
  • coopetition
  • futures research
  • mobile broadband
  • mobile network operator
  • spectrum sharing
  • licensed shared access


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