Pieter Ballon

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This paper provides a theoretically grounded framework for designing and analysing business models for ICT services, products and systems. It critically revisits the most topical literature on business modelling, as well as general strategic management, industrial organisation and network economics literature. Business model design is interpreted as the(More)
Introduction The provisioning of mobile ICT services often requires firms with different resources (e.g. financial support and consumer base) and capabilities (e.g. telecommunication, payment, and security) that co-operate to create value for end users. Given the low success rate of inter-firm co operations (see e.g. Levine & Byrne, 1986; Harrigan, 1988;(More)
This paper examines the international, inter- organizational collaboration processes for the development of cognitive radio, which will be at the basis of potentially profound changes in the telecommunications value network, as well as its functional architecture, cost and value structure and the eventual value proposition of any services deployed in such a(More)
The concept of flexible spectrum management, which refers to a set of new and dynamic procedures and techniques for obtaining and transferring spectrum usage rights and dynamically changing the specific use of frequencies, plays an important role in fully exploiting the advantages of cognitive, reconfigurable networks and terminals. This paper provides an(More)
The environments of software development and software provision are shifting to Web-based platforms supported by Platform/Software as a Service (PaaS/SaaS) models. By elaborating on these concepts, their benefits and risks, mobile operators' experiments with these models are analysed and similarities are identified. This paper will argue that mobile(More)
This paper investigates the main trends and uncertainties that will define fourth generation mobile systems and services (4G) in Europe. It outlines two divergent visions on 4G: the so-called “immediate” 4G vision, consisting of wireless local area networks (WLANs) combined with other wireless access technologies, competing with 3G in the short term, and(More)
The exploitation of third-generation mobile networks in Europe may be challenged by the deployment of so-called Alternative Wireless Technologies (AWTs). This article presents an overview of the availability and usage of AWTs in the 25 EU member states. It identifies the main drivers and bottlenecks for AWTs and analyses to which extent established mobile(More)