We provide the best strategic and operational techno-economic practices for organisations in wireless business transformation.
The company was founded in 1988 to set up world’s first GSM network. Since then we have completed over 1000 projects in over 80 countries around the globe. Always delivering Omnitele Experience – a fact proven by our long lasting client relationships.
International and Independent
Our headquarters is located in Helsinki, Finland and we have local presence in the Netherlands. Our company is owned by Finnish telecom investors and we are independent of operator groups and network vendors.
TAILORED, TRUSTED & INTELLIGENT
We provide proven and tailored best practice solutions to your specific needs. We are both advisors and professional service partners to our customers.
We build long-lasting relationships by listening our customers’ needs and keeping our promises. Omniteleconsultants are trusted by both clients and colleagues. We work transparently and deliver objective and independent analysis.
Our value stems from strong technical knowledge, understanding of best practices and operator business, complemented with innovative data analytics and tooling.
Ville Laakso – Chief Executive Officer
Ville Laakso has been a member of Omnitele management team since December 2008 and CEO since January 2017. Prior to the position of CEO, Ville has been heading the service and business development, delivery, and various business units at Omnitele. He has also a vast experience working as a Principal Consultant in international Omnitele assignments. Before joining Omnitele in January 2006 he worked in various leading expert roles with the Finnish mobile operator TeliaSonera. Ville has a M.Sc. in Communications Engineering, and B.Sc in Electrical Engineering, and has been working in the mobile telecommunications industry since 1998.
Päivi Haapala – Director, Head of Delivery and Professional Services
Päivi Haapala has joined Omnitele in December 1997. Päivi has over 10 years of experience working as a Principal Consultant at Omnitele. She has been working as a project manager and as a technical expert in numerous customer projects ranging from network planning and optimisation, benchmarking and network audits to network rollouts, technology feasibility studies and spectrum valuation assessments. In addition, she has been managing various consulting teams in Omnitele. Päivi holds M.Sc. and Lic. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering.
Rauno Huoviala – Director, Head of Service and Product Development
Rauno Huoviala has joined Omnitele in 2008, and before that he worked for TeliaSonera group in mobile technology R&D and in program lead for mobile network strategy. In Omnitele Rauno has been managing Network Development and Service & Business Development teams, being responsible for the increased value of services to Omnitele customer companies. As a Principal Consultant Rauno has been strongly involved also in customer projects, especially in transformation initiatives to increase the value of operator Data Analytics and BigData solutions. Rauno holds M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Jani Nieminen – Director, Head of Advisory Services
Jani Nieminen joined Omnitele in 2012. He has a strong background in mobile network technologies combined with extensive advisory experience from technology strategy, spectrum valuation, network investment planning and sourcing. In Omnitele, Jani has been involved in several international consulting projects, in both senior expert and project management roles. He has an in-depth understanding of the different challenges experienced by mobile network operators during technology transformations. Jani holds a M.Sc. degree in Communications Engineering.
Arnold van Holten – Director, Head of Sales & Marketing
Arnold van Holten joined the Omnitele team in 2011. Arnold’s career covers 30 years in mobile telecoms with positions at Nokia Mobile Phones R&D, Vodafone, T-mobile, Orange and KPN, where he has held technical and commercial senior management positions with responsibility for mobile network technology, project management as well as for service and product development. In addition, Arnold has worked in general management and business development roles for a number of technology consultancy companies. Arnold holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering.
Risto Vidgren – Chief Financial Officer
Risto Vidgren joined Omnitele-team in December 2018. Risto has over 20 years’ experience in different position in finance and business development in Finland and abroad. These positions range from larger companies (Nokia Networks Oy, Konecranes Oyj) to medium sized and startup-companies. Risto has M.Sc. degree in Accounting and Finance.
Omnitele has been at the heart of telecommunications development for 30 years. The industry has changed tremendously during this period, and we have been involved in all the major advancements from the start. When the world’s first GSM network appeared in 1988, it was Omnitele who designed it and managed its construction. Ten years later, we created the application which won the world’s first 3G license and designed the resulting network. Today, we are industry leaders for advice on LTE-A upgrade business cases, LTE-A network design and network upgrade roll-outs.
2000 – New Network, New Business
By the year 2000, Omnitele was already an acknowledged consultancy in radio network development. We had been strongly involved in setting up the world’s first GSM network for Radiolinja and conducted a number of other projects around the world.
In the end of 1999, the mobile operator Suomen 2G contracted Omnitele to design a completely new GSM network in Finland – the one that was soon to be known as DNA Finland. The partnership proved lucrative for both companies and later on DNA continued to outsource the design and optimisation work of 3G and 4G networks to Omnitele as well.
Since the year 2000, DNA has grown from a green fielder into a sizeable enterprise with over 2.5M mobile subscribers and over 20% market share. Not to forget the digital TV broadcasting business operated with the DVB-T2 network also designed by Omnitele.
2004 – T.I.A. “This is Africa”
Unitel, the leading mobile operator in Angola, was established in 2001. Already at those times, the economic development in the country was fast and the demand for mobile services was sky-rocketing. In 2004 Omnitele’s fax machine in Ruoholahti office printed out a letter from Unitel stating that an in-depth radio and core network audit was urgently needed.
The timeline was challenging and at the time we didn’t have any experience from the country. The project was however kicked off rapidly in the lead of Sr. Consultant Päivi Haapala, who fearlessly took on the challenge and collected a team of experts to do our first project in Angola. The audit project was soon followed by number of other projects during 2004-2006.