uO5G - Micro operator concept for boosting local service delivery in 5G
uO5G project proposes and develops a novel micro operator concept to establish local small cell networks for tailored service delivery. The approach can open the future 5G mobile communication business ecosystem to allow new entrants to the market. Micro operators can build and operate indoor small cell communication infrastructure and offer local context related services and content to serve various vertical sectors’ specific needs complementing traditional mobile broadband offerings.
The main goal of uO5G project is to remove the regulatory and technical obstacles to introduce a fully functional and commercially viable micro operator model into the Finnish setting and expand it to the international level. Specific goals of the project are to:
- Analyze the business potential and alternative revenue and business models of the micro operator concept in the future sharing economy.
- Propose new licensing models for 5G to allow new market entrants and related other regulations.
- Develop technical functions to enable the micro operator concept.
- Validate the micro operator concept with practical systems.
Research in the project is conducted in four parallel work packages which are shown in figure below.
uO5G project consortium is coordinated by Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) of University of Oulu. It brings together academia, industry and regulatory domains including three research groups from two universities, six companies, and three public sector partners as shown in figure.
Project manager: Dr. Marja Matinmikko
Principal investigator: Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho
Paper on micro operators available here