This paper focuses on creating an approach and discussing the co-opetitive business models of Micro Operators (μO) in the indoors/small cell 5G environment. We define the μO as an entity that combines connectivity with specific content services in spatially confined domains and is dependent on appropriate spectrum resources. We review the literature of 5G business models and develop a framework to discuss the ecosystemic, competitive and scalability elements of μO business models. Our findings indicate that the μO concept which has a natural role in the small cell/indoor environment can bring significant value added that complements existing communications services.
Petri Ahokangas, Sara Moqaddamerad (University of Oulu), Marja Matinmikko (VTT), Alhussein Abouzed (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Irina Atkova, Julius Francis Gomes, Marika Iivari (University of Oulu): Future micro operators’ business models in 5G