Techno-Economic Analysis of Mobile Peer-to-Peer Systems and Services

Mikko V.J. Heikkinen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles


Peer-to-peer (P2P) systems are an integral part of many technology and business domains of the Internet. P2P-based services are disrupting established business models, and they are emerging in the mobile domain. The aim of this thesis is to analyze the effect of emerging mobile P2P-based services and systems in the technology and business domains of the Internet by using a multimethod research design. The contribution of this thesis consists of the following studies: Applying the scenario planning method to decision making related to emerging mobile services in a case study of a novel P2P communications protocol. Developing a framework to analyze the value distribution of ICT services, and conducting case studies on value flows and role constellations of centralized and distributed communications and video streaming. Assessing value in the technology evolution of mobile P2P communications, which potentially disrupts the positions of incumbents by introducing Internet-driven, telecom-driven, and proprietary evolution paths. Operationalizing the Theory of Planned Behavior conceptual model and finding novel mobile P2P communications and content sharing services to have high adoption potential among respondents with advanced handsets. Surveying consumer attitudes towards different aspects of mobile P2P services, such as usage intention, usage satisfaction, revenue models, battery consumption, and social sharing. Measuring mobile P2P usage in Finland during 2005-2007 by analyzing traffic traces from the networks of three major Finnish mobile operators and by investigating the usage log files from a panel of Finnish advanced handset users. In conclusion, the research contribution of this thesis consists of applying multiple research methods to case studies on novel distributed mobile services, developing frameworks for the analysis of such services, extending existing theories and methods for such analysis, and reporting results from surveys and usage measurements on relevant topics. The main technoeconomic challenges in deploying mobile P2P systems and services are related to business models, resources, incentives, usability, security, and policy. Based on value distribution and usage analyses, one can assert that mobile peer-to-peer systems and services are transforming the technology and business domains of the Internet.
Translated title of the contributionMobiilien vertaisverkkojärjestelmien ja -palveluiden tekno-ekonominen analyysi
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Hämmäinen, Heikki, Supervising Professor
  • Hämmäinen, Heikki, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-4587-0
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-4588-7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • case study
  • communications
  • emerging service
  • mobile
  • multimethod
  • peer-to-peer
  • scenario
  • techno-economic
  • usage
  • value

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