Seppo Yrjölä is a Principal Engineer at Nokia Enterprise and has been building radios for 30 years in research, development, innovation, and business development. He incubates and steers opportunities externally with customers, partners, academia, and governments with the purpose of driving growth by innovating holistically from technology to business models. Previously as head of wireless technology for the Networks division at Nokia, his role required to look beyond the product roadmap and identify what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon, and determine and validate how those future opportunities fit into the Nokia pipeline.
Seppo holds a Doctoral degree in telecommunications from the University of Oulu and is a Professor of Practice and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu in the field of techno-economics of future wireless communications services and networks. His current mission is digitalizing the 70% of the GDP that has not yet been digitalized in order to drive massive productivity growth and new business. With roots in engineering and economics he explores how and why platform-based ecosystemic business models can emerge in the future wireless systems context.
He has established, executed and transferred 18 research and innovation projects into business, contributed to 700 innovation ideas/projects, and found 3 new business areas. Authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and holds 10 patents. Received several best paper and demo awards as well as Nokia Quality, Innovation and Leadership awards, delivered several worlds 1st field trials and demos. Have actively chaired and steered large portfolio of university and government research and innovation programs with high impact on the renewal of Nokia. Awarded over €10 million in competitive research funding as the lead investigator.
Title of docent (Adjunct Professor), in the techno-economics of future wireless communications services and networks, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.University of Oulu, Finland, 2019
Doctor of Science (Technology), Telecommunication Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland.
Master of Science (Technology), Electronics, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland.
Doctoral student in Economics and Business Administration, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
As a Principal Engineer at Nokia Enterprise I explore how to digitalize 70% of the GDP that has not yet been digitalized? I incubate and steer opportunities externally with customers, partners and governments with the purpose of driving growth by innovating holistically from technology to regulation and business models.
In my part-time Professor of Practice role at the University of Oulu I study and tell the stories of 6G platforms, ecosystems and business models. https://www.oulu.fi/6gflagship/
Supervisor, co-supervisor, follow-up group member and advisor for tens of masters, MBA and doctoral thesis workers in Nokia and at the University of Oulu. Have actively chaired and steered large portfolio of university and government research and innovation programs with high impact on the renewal of Nokia. Regular referee for scientific publications and assignments at conferences.
Power from Blockchains project, University of Oulu, University of Vaasa, University of Lapland, University of Applied Science Kajaani, SG member 5/2020 – 4/2023
6G - IPR committee member, University of Oulu, 8/2019 -
Faculty Board member, University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), 2018 - 2019.
SG member at ESA ACROSS - Applicability of Cognitive Radio (CR) to Satellite Systems / ARTES AT Activity 3A.077. ESA ITT nº 1-8966: Demonstrator of License Assisted Spectrum Access Satellite Networks, 2018 -
Advisor Board member, Nokia COO GOPS Conscious Factory IoT, 2017 - 2018
SG chair MOSSAF (Multi-Operator Spectrum Sharing for Future 5G Networks), University of Oulu, RPI USA, 2014 - 2020
SG chair JoiNtMaCS (Joint Network and Market Design for Content and Spectrum Sharing in Future 5G Networks), University of Oulu, RPI USA, 2015-2017
SG chair uO5G (Micro-operator concept for boosting local service delivery in 5G), University of Oulu, Aalto University, 2016 - 2018
SG chair CORE (Cognitive radio test environment), University of Oulu, University of Turku, VTT,… 2013-2016
SG member in national Finnish Smart city program 6aika (2015-2020, 100M€) Open Innovation Platforms (2015-2018)
SG member in InnospringCatch (Capturing opportunities and co-creating value in The digital economy–Towards dynamic expert teams), LUT (2015-2016)
Member of jury in Nokia Growth & Innovation campaigns: e.g., NSN Growth program (2007), Startups@nsn programs (2011 & 2012), T&I Innovations campaigns (2015), Oulu Elevates (2016,2017), Nokia Blockchain innovation campaign (2017)
Nokia Quality Awards accessor 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
SG member WISE (White Space Test Environment for Broadcast Frequencies), Aalto, Univ. of Turku, Univ. of Tampere 2013-2015
SG member in national Finnish EVE program (the Finnish electric vehicle program, 100M€), 2011-2015
Member of Finnish Technology Industry (TT) Energy Group, 2011 - 2012
SG member in EC ARTEMIS10-IoE (Internet of Energy for Electric Mobility), 2011-2014
SG member in EC FINSENY (Future INternet for Smart ENergY) 2011-2013
SG member SGEM (Smart Grids and Energy Markets, 57 M€) Finnish National Research program, Tekes, 2008-2011
SG member of National INCA program (Interactive customer interface for advanced distribution management and electricity market), 2008-2010
Member of Nokia University Cooperation SG, 06-07
Member of VTT (Finnish National Research Institute) ICT & Electronics advisory board, 2005-2007.
SG member of Finnish national research program ETX (Electronics for the Information Society) Modern RF Electronics (39 M€), 1997-2001.
Selected articles and publications
S. Yrjölä and P. Ojanen, "Novel Spectrum Administration and Management Approaches Transform 5G Towards Open Ecosystemic Business Models?" 14th International Conference Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CROWNCOM), November 25-26, 2020, Cyberspace.
M. Matinmikko-Blue, S. Yrjölä, and P. Ahokangas, "Moving from 5G in verticals to sustainable 6G: Business, regulatory and technical research prospects," 14th International Conference Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CROWNCOM), November 25-26, 2020, Cyberspace.
P. Ojanen and S. Yrjölä, "Scalability and Replicability of Spectrum for Private 5G Network Business: Insights into Radio Authorization Policies" 14th International Conference Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CROWNCOM), November 25-26, 2020, Cyberspace.
S. Yrjölä, ”How could Blockchain transform 6G towards open ecosystemic business models?” IEEE ICC 2020 Workshop on Blockchain for IoT and CPS, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.
S. Yrjola, “Technology Antecedents of the Platform-based Ecosystemic Business Models Beyond 5G,” IEEE WCNC 2020
S. Yrjölä, P. Ahokangas and M. Matinmikko-Blue, “Sustainability as a Challenge and Driver for Novel Ecosystemic 6G Business Scenarios,” Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8951; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218951
J. Walia, H. Hämmäinen, K. Kilkki, S. Yrjölä, "5G Network Slicing Strategy for a Smart Factory," Computers in Industry, Volume 111, October 2019, Pages 108-120.
M. Matinmikko-Blue, S. Yrjola, V. Seppänen, P. Ahokangas, H. Hämmäinen, M. Latva-aho, ”Analysis of Spectrum Valuation Elements for Local 5G Networks: Case Study of 3.5-GHz Band,” IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. Sept 2019, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 741-753 DOI: 10.1109/TCCN.2019.2916309
Petri Ahokangas, M. Matinmikko-Blue, S. Yrjola, V. Seppänen, H. Hämmäinen, R. Jurva, M. Latva-aho, "Business Models for Local 5G Micro Operators," IEEE TCCN, Sept 2019, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 730-740.DOI: 10.1109/TCCN.2019.2902547
K. Valtanen, J. Backman, and S. Yrjola, " Blockchain Powered Value Creation in the 5G and Smart Grid Use Cases," IEEE Access, Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 25690. 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2900514, Feb 2019.
Y. Xu, S. Yrjölä, P. Ahokangas, and T. Koivumäki, “The fifth type of electricity market: Blockchain Marketplace,” a Special Issue on Caching for Wireless Communication Systems and Networks with Springer Wireless Networks. 2019.
S. Yrjölä and H. Kokkinen, ”Licensed Shared Access evolution enables early access to 5G spectrum and novel use cases,” EAI Endorsed Transactions on Wireless Spectrum 17(12): e1, Special Issue: Emerging Technologies for Cognitive Communications, 12.12.2017
A. Surve, M. Matinmikko & S. Yrjola,” Analysis and Design of Multi-Tenant Architecture for Emerging Micro-operators in 5G,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - 2017 Special Issue on Network Softwarization & Enablers, Submitted Sept. 2017
S. Yrjölä, M. Matinmikko, M. Mustonen & P. Ahokangas, “Spectrum Sharing Transforms Mobile Broadband Networks Towards Markets - Analysis of Sharing Economy Antecedents for Recent Spectrum Sharing Concepts,” the International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems, Iaria, vol. 10, no. 3&4, 2017.
D. Guiducci et al., “Regulatory Pilot on Licensed Shared Access in a Live LTE-TDD Network in IMT Band 40,” The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN), vol. 3, no. 3., Sept 2017
A-G. Nyström, M. Mustonen, and S. Yrjölä, “Co-Creating User Stories: A Tool for Making Sense of Business Opportunities,” Technology Innovation Management Review, Talent First Network, Ottawa, Canada, Aug 2016, 6(8): 33- 39
M. Matinmikko, M. Latva-aho, P. Ahokangas, S. Yrjölä, and Timo Koivumäki, “Micro operators to boost local service delivery in 5G,” Wireless Personal Communications journal, Springer, May 2017
S. Yrjölä, M. Matinmikko, M. Mustonen & P. Ahokangas, “Analysis of Dynamic Capabilities for Spectrum Sharing in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service,” Springer Journal Special Issue, Analog Integrated Circuits & Signal Processing, 2017:1-14.
P. Ahokangas, M. Matinmikko, I. Atkova, L.F. Minervini, S. Yrjölä and M. Mustonen, ”Co-opetitive Business Models in Future Mobile Broadband with Licensed Shared Access (LSA)” EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications 16(7): e2, Sept 2016
S. Yrjölä, P. Ahokangas, and P. Talmola, “Scenarios and business models for mobile network operators utilizing the hybrid use concept of the UHF broadcasting spectrum,” in EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications 16(7): e5, Sept 2016
S. Yrjola, "Citizens Broadband Radio Service Spectrum Sharing Framework - A New Strategic Option for Mobile Network Operators?" International Journal on Advances in Telecommunications, v 9 n 3&4: 77–86. 2016, Iaria.
S. Yrjölä, E. Huuhka, P. Talmola, and T. Knuutila, ” Coexistence of Digital Terrestrial Television and 4G LTE Mobile Network utilizing Supplemental Downlink concept: A Real Case Study,” IEEE Trans. VT, June 2017, 66(6): 5422-5434.
S. Yrjölä, P. Ahokangas, J. Paavola and P. Talmola, ” Strategic choices for mobile network operators in future flexible UHF spectrum concepts,” In Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks, Springer, Oct 2016, pp 573-584.
S. Yrjölä, M. Mustonen, M. Matinmikko and P. Talmola, “LTE broadcast and supplemental downlink enablers for exploiting novel service and business opportunities in the flexible use of the UHF broadcasting spectrum,” IEEE Commun. Mag. 54(7):76–83. June 2016
S. Yrjölä et al., “Field Trial of Licensed Shared Access with Enhanced Spectrum Controller Power Control Algorithms and LTE Enablers,” the Springer Journal of Signal Processing Systems, Springer publishing, 89(1): 119-132. Oct. 2017.
M. Mustonen, M. Matinmikko, M. Palola, S. Yrjölä and K. Horneman, “An Evolution Towards Cognitive Cellular Systems: Licensed Shared Access (LSA) for Network Optimization,” IEEE Commun. Mag., May 2015.
M. Mustonen, Tao Chen, H. Saarnisaari, M. Matinmikko, S. Yrjola and M. Palola, “Cellular architecture enhancement for supporting the European licensed shared access concept,” IEEE Wireless Commun., vol. 21, no. 3, 2014, pp. 37 – 43.
M. Matinmikko, H. Okkonen, M. Palola, S. Yrjola, P. Ahokangas and M. Mustonen, ”Spectrum sharing using licensed shared access: the concept and its workflow for LTE-advanced networks,” IEEE Wireless Commun., vol. 21 , no. 2, 2014, pp. 72 – 79.
P. Ahokangas, M. Matinmikko, S. Yrjölä, H. Okkonen and T. Casey, ””Simple rules” for mobile network operators’ strategic choices in future spectrum sharing networks,” IEEE Wireless Commun., vol. 20, no. 2, 2013, pp. 20-26.
M. Matinmikko, M. Palola, H. Saarnisaari, M. Heikkilä, J. Prokkola, T. Kippola, T. Hänninen, M. Jokinen and S. Yrjölä, ”Cognitive radio trial environment: First live authorized shared access-based spectrum-sharing demonstration,” IEEE Veh. Technol. Mag., vol. 8, no. 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 30-37.
(Author or co-author on more than hundred international publications in total.)
S. Yrjölä and E. Heikkinen, ”Interference reduction,” US 10,122,428 B2, Nov 2018.
P. Hagström and S. Yrjölä, “Antenna filtering arrangement for a dual mode radio communication device.” US Patent 6,185,434, 2001,
S. Yrjola and K. Koskiniemi, “Integrated filter construction.” US Patent 6,023,608, 2000.
S. Yrjola and K. Koskiniemi,” Transmission line resonator filter with variable slot coupling and link coupling.” US Patent 5,731,749, 1998.
S. Yrjola and P. Hagstrom, “Arrangement for separating transmission and reception.” US Patent 5,521,561, 1996.
S. Yrjola, “Filter with strip lines.” US Patent 5,432,489, 1995.
Honors & Awards
Nokia Annual Country and Location Award 2020 in the Country & Location forum, in the category of “Outstanding collaboration in OneNokia Spirit”: Deployment of 5G to Nokia Oulu factory breakthrough initiative between Nokia MN, Enterprise and Manufacturing.
The Fellow status in the European Alliance for Innovation Community (EAI), October 2020.
Oulu Elevates 2018 pitching competition top 3 finalist “Nokia Airwaves Exchange (NAX),”
IEEE DYSPAN’18, Best policy paper award, "Business Models for Local 5G Micro Operators"
EAI SMARTGIFT2018 Best paper award, “The fifth type of electricity market: Blockchain Marketplace,”
IEEE DySPAN’17, Best Demo Award “Field Trial of the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service Governed by a Spectrum Access System (SAS),”
COCORA’17, Best Paper Award “Analysis of Sharing Economy Antecedents for Recent Spectrum Sharing Concepts,”
Nokia Innovation Award 2016 “World first Local Area Spectrum Sharing (LASS)”
COCORA’16, Best Paper Award “Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum sharing framework - A new business opportunity for Mobile Network Operators?”
European Wireless 2016, Best Demo Award, “Field Trial of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)/ Spectrum Access System (SAS),”
IEEE DYSPAN’15, Best policy paper award ”Evaluation of recent spectrum sharing concepts from business model scalability point of view”
Nokia Quality Award 2014 “LSA trial runs on L6S quality steroids”
Finnish Ministry of Transportation and Communication Award for the promoter of electric communications in Finland 2013 “Tekes TRIAL program”
Nokia Quality Award in Innovation category 2010 “Windmills get Smart”
Nokia Networks Leadership award 2002