We provide consulting and expert services for telecom operators and regulators in network strategy, design and quality assurance. Our mission is to maximise mobile subscriber quality of experience and minimise operator network expenditures.
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.
Omnitele is an international company, but it is the Finnish traits Sisu and Ryhti defining the Omnitele Way. These words can be translated as being determined and honest in communication. We are solution oriented and practicality is central to us.
We build long-lasting relationships by listening our customers’ needs and keeping our promises. Omnitele consultants are trusted by both clients and colleagues. We work transparently and deliver objective and independent analysis.
We hire skilful people and take care of their competence development. Our consultants are encouraged to explore and innovate. Working in multi-disciplinary teams secures optimum project delivery and maximum professional growth of our consultants.
Ville Laakso – Chief Executive Officer
Mr Ville Laakso has been a member of Omnitele management team since December 2008 and CEO since January 2017. Prior to the position of CEO, Mr Laakso 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. Mr Laakso has a M.Sc. in Communications engineering, and B.Sc in Electrical engineering, and has been working in the mobile telecommunications industry since 1998.
Esa Vesterinen – VP, Head of Strategic Sales and Marketing
Mr Esa Vesterinen (1972) holds a M.Sc. Industrial Management and Engineering degree 1998 from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Esa has been employed at Omnitele since 1998, working in between for two years at Sunrise AG in Switzerland and Sonera Wireless Ventures. Currently Esa is responsible for Strategic Sales and Marketing.
Karri Virkajärvi – VP, Head of Consulting
Mr Karri Virkajärvi holds a M.Sc. Business Strategy and International Business degree 1997 from Helsinki University of Technology. Mr Virkajärvi has been employed at Omnitele since 1997, working in between Yomi Fusion as the Head of Consulting and at Siemens AG in Munich as a Development Manager Strategy. Mr Virkajärvi has extensive consulting experience from over 100 projects with international clientele. The projects range form strategy formulation to techno-economic feasibility analysis and from business planning to process analysis and improvement. Mr Virkajärvi is currently responsible for Omnitele consulting projects.
Salla Klemola – Director, Head of Finance
Ms Salla Klemola has joined Omnitele in August 2015. Salla holds M.Sc. in Economics. She has extensive experience in leading positions in finance and controlling area in different business environment both in domestic and international group of companies such as Paulig, Finnkino and Pharmacia. In addition she has worked as an auditor at KPMG at the early stages of her career.
Omnitele has been at the heart of telecommunications development for 25 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 millennium, 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 millennium, DNA has grown from a green fielder into a sizeable enterprise with over 2.5M mobile subscribers and over 20% marketshare. 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.