Mobile Services in Finland

Mobile Services in Finland

Jarkko Vesa (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-584-9.ch008
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Abstract

“It is therefore dangerous to assume that there would ever be any major opportunities in the field of chargeable end-user services targeted for private customers.” Pursiainen & Leppävuori (2002, p. 53) Finland is one of the leading countries in the world in the use of mobile telephones. This is the traditional way of presenting this small country in the northern part of Europe with a little over five million people. Finland has an excellent track record in developing and commercializing mobile telephone service: the analog NMT network was launched commercially in 1982, the first commercial GSM network was opened in 1991 by Finnish operator Radiolinja, and in 2001, the number of mobile subscriptions exceeded the number of fixed telephone lines. Finland was also one of the first countries were SMS-based text messaging became a huge success. Probably the most interesting thing about Finland, when it comes to mobile business, is, of course, the fact that the world’s largest mobile phone maker Nokia comes from Finland. Thanks to Nokia, the Finnish telecom cluster has grown and prospered for years. However, recently more and more mobile phone manufacturing-related business has moved to Asia, where production costs are lower and end-user markets are closer. The current trend has raised much concern regarding the future of the Finnish telecom cluster if Nokia decides to transfer manufacturing and R&D away from Finland. During the past few years, the Finnish mobile industry has been facing major challenges. As Michael Porter has pointed out in his analysis of the evolution of business clusters (see Chapter VI for a more detailed discussion about clusters), nothing lasts forever: a cluster that was booming may become obsolete as technologies or customer needs change — or when the relative competitive advantage of different countries shifts. But let’s take a few moments to learn more about one possible way of analyzing the mobile industry of Finland.

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Chapter 1
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“After 20 years of talking, this so-called convergence of computing and communications is happening.” Craig R. Barrett, CEO of Intel (BusinessWeek... Sample PDF
Anatomy of the Mobile Services Industry
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Chapter 2
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This book is about mobile services in a networked economy. For some readers, the term “networked economy” may well be self-evident, but for others... Sample PDF
Towards a Networked Economy
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Chapter 3
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In this chapter we will review existing theories and models of the boundaries of firms and industries. The goal is to gain a better understanding of... Sample PDF
Dynamic Boundaries and Vertical Integration
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Chapter 4
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Vertical integration is not the only traditional concept that has been challenged in the current business environment where firm and industry... Sample PDF
Web or Chains: The Quest for Value
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Chapter 5
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“Vertically integrated manufacturing firms are morphing into internal and external networks.” (Achrol & Kotler, 1999, p. 161) In the previous two... Sample PDF
Networks, Ecosystems and Clusters
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Chapter 6
Mobile Services in Japan  (pages 118-150)
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In the second section of this book, we will focus on the mobile industry in Japan and Europe, specifically in Finland and the United Kingdom. The... Sample PDF
Mobile Services in Japan
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Chapter 7
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“We don’t believe that a business model, where mobile operator takes a large proportion of our subscription revenue, is going to a viable long-term... Sample PDF
European Mobile Services Industry
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Chapter 8
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“It is therefore dangerous to assume that there would ever be any major opportunities in the field of chargeable end-user services targeted for... Sample PDF
Mobile Services in Finland
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Chapter 9
Mobile Services in the UK  (pages 178-193)
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On New Year’s Day 1985, Ernie Wise made Britain’s first cellphone call. Now, less than two decades later, most people in this country have a mobile... Sample PDF
Mobile Services in the UK
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Chapter 10
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Now as we have gone through the characteristics of the three case markets, it is time to figure out what our analysis has revealed. In other words... Sample PDF
Mobile Markets vs. Mobile Ecosystems
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Chapter 11
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The mobile telephony business used to be reasonably simple in the past: mobile services were provided by national monopolies, so nobody really cared... Sample PDF
Mobile Services in a Networked Economy
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