Evolution of wireless access provisioning: Understanding and managing value system structures and dynamics

Thomas R. Casey

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles


The value system around wireless access provisioning consists of a large group of collaborating and competing economic actors, and a complex set of business roles and technical components, where the interactions of parts may cause the emergence of important behavior that we might not be able to see when looking at the parts separately. This thesis examines the evolution of wireless access provisioning by studying the underlying structures and dynamics of the surrounding value system. The thesis takes a systems thinking approach to the problem where one tries to find explanation to complex phenomena by examining the linkages and interactions of elements of a system rather than the individual details, and studies the historical evolution of GSM and Wi-Fi technology tracks and future evolution towards intelligent wireless local area access points and flexible spectrum use. A two stage approach is used where the focus is first put on value system structures in terms of generic scenarios, concurrent modeling of technical and business architectures of the value system and high level forces driving the structure. The second stage of the research models the value system dynamics caused by endogenous feedback structure and interactions between the economic actors and technical components. The results of this thesis show how the value system around wireless access provisioning has evolved until now and how it could evolve in the future. The thesis also enhances existing and develops new methods and frameworks for modeling and understanding the structures and dynamics of value systems. Overall the results of the thesis highlight the importance of understanding dynamic complexity in the management of wireless access provisioning. The results stress the importance of understanding the overall feedback structure of the value system and support the notion that more research is needed to understand dynamic complexity and endogenous feedback structure around wireless access provisioning and ICT services in general.
Translated title of the contributionLangattomien liityntäverkkojen evoluutio toimialan rakenteiden ja dynamiikan näkökulmasta
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Hämmäinen, Heikki, Supervising Professor
  • Hämmäinen, Heikki, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-5161-1
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-5160-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • wireless access provisioning
  • GSM
  • Wi-Fi
  • value system
  • systems thinking

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