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Wolter Lemstra

Nyenrode Business University
Associate Professor
Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
I am Associate Professor in Digital Strategy and Transformation at Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands; Senior Research Fellow at the Department Technology, Policy & Management of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Research Fellow at CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe, Brussels, Belgium; and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Aalborg University – Copenhagen Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Denmark. I am linking my academic interests to 25 years of experience in the telecom sector, whereby I have occupied senior management positions in system engineering and product management at Philips; marketing and business development for Eastern Europe at AT&T. Most recently I was Vice-President at Lucent Technologies responsible for marketing and business development in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
In 2001, at the collapse of the internet/telecom bubble I left Lucent Technologies to pursue a PhD at the TUDelft. In 2006 I successfully defended my PhD dissertation exploring and explaining the impact of the Telecom/Internet bubble on the development path of the telecommunication sector, and assessing the implications for strategy and policy formation in the aftermath.

My current research is focussed on digital strategy and transformation in general and the developments in the telecommunication sector in particular in terms of governance, industry structure developments, firm strategic behaviour and innovation trajectories.
My most recent co-authored and co-edited book with William Melody is: "The dynamics of broadband markets in Europe - Realizing the 2020 Digital Agenda". This was preceded in 2011 by “The innovation journey of Wi-Fi – The road to global success”, together with Vic Hayes and John Groenewegen. I am a co-founder of the Cognitive Radio Platform NL.
At TPRC42 we presented the research on broadband developments in Europe from a qualitative and a quantitative perspective.
At TPRC45 research into the development of 5G in Europe will be presented. To assess how Europe may regain a leadership role two scenarios have been developed. The "Evolution" scenario is based on the current trends and industry structure. The "Revolution" scenario exploits virtualization and open access APIs as part of the 5G architecture. It is based on building momentum by unlocking the knowledge of vertical industries as virtual mobile network operators to create a vibrant retail market with a high willingness to pay. This is expected to flow trough to the mobile network operators to incentivize investment in 5G infrastructure deployment. To navigate the fork in the road ahead, policy and regulatory implications are identified to enable the different futures of 5G.