Defence of dissertation in the field of Network Economics, Lic. Sc. (Tech.) Matti Peltola
The title of thesis is “Socioeconomic benefits as criteria in the valuation of broadband mobile services for public safety and security”
The purpose of the study is to identify the most feasible alternative for a broad-band mobile service of the public safety and security organisations (e.g. police, fire brigades, ambulance service, etc.) - socioeconomic benefits being as criteria. The service can be provided utilising commercial or dedicated networks, or a hybrid of them - in near future also the combination of the dedicated narrowband and 2G/3G/4G commercial networks. Socioeconomic benefits are often used as a com-mon measure for making the valuation of governmental infra services. In the thesis, four different network variants in five Finnish provinces are analysed - each prov-ince having a different population density (3…2785 persons/km2).
According to the analysis, the solution creating the most socioeconomic benefits would be a hybrid network where the mobile service for authorities is implemented using the commercial networks as platforms in sparsely-populated areas (popula-tion density up to about 50…130 persons/km2) and, after that point, the dedicated network would be used in densely-populated areas. The same nationwide fee for mobile users in commercial networks means that the users are subsidised in sparsely-populated areas. This is the main reason why the commercial network seems to be more feasible in rural areas – and the dedicated network in urban ar-eas. In the densely-populated areas the high availability of the service and a large number of operations are supporting the utilisation of the dedicated network.
Existing public safety mobile networks will be in use longer than expected. The timeboxed utilisation of existing networks, in parallel with commercial networks, in certain sparsely-populated areas, would increase socioeconomic benefits. Further-more, if the broadband mobile service is to be based on commercial 2G/3G net-works, the existing narrowband networks are needed for voice communication.
Opponent: Professor Pekka Neittaanmäki, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Custos: Professor Heikki Hämmäinen, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Communications and Networking.
Venue: Aalto-yliopisto, Maarintie 8, Espoo, Hall AS1 (TUAS)
Contact information: Matti Peltola, +358 40 705 1191, email@example.com