A pioneer in the field, co-founder Lassi Kuosmanen made his start in the electronics arena already in 1979 – adding a focus on semiconductors and RF in the following decades. While the Finnish RF and Microwave industry continues to be a playing field (GSM) for a relatively small number of parties, it is increasing in importance and has developed into an interesting area to grow with, based on high-demand product development from major global electronics manufacturers.
At the turn of the millennium, Lassi observed that both testing labs and testing in general had become less visible at present company Impact, a Division of Memec Group, due to a small number of devices, despite large order volumes. He suggested introducing a new focus on the test lab to strengthen quality control and product development, however it was not prioritized.
–Lassi Kuosmanen, “After starting with my own company LK Capital Oy ( LKC ) in 2002, I focused primarily on RF and test labs mainly serving Finland’s largest communication manufacturer and subcontracting companies – while strategic reseller, YE, handled the components business in my Line Card, for other applications and customers and a new focus on labs.”
As testing activity and technical skills requirements grew, I saw the need to respond to the market’s needs and invited highly experienced RF Engineer, Tony Aaltonen, to join my company LKC. In January 2013 we visited Cork, Ireland, for a technical sales seminar. This is where the magic began! During this trip, we concluded that a new, more efficient, and prioritized service model would benefit both product quality and the customer’s market offering.
In the lobby of Cork Airport, we turned our PCs on and established Signal Solutions Nordic Oy. Tony joined as a partner and operational leader.
Can you tell a little bit about where Signal Solutions is today, where it is heading, and insight about what the market needs?
Today our primary focus continues to be serving leading test labs through a wide range of world-class products and providing the expert knowledge necessary for testing and manufacturing high-quality, future-oriented products that benefit the end customer.
We see Signal Solutions as more than a leading supplier of systems, components, solutions, and expertise – now (5G) and in future technologies (6G). We want to help the customer develop a more functional operating environment to achieve quality and savings.
Our aim is for the Signal Solutions brand to become the go-to name in the electronics test market in Nordic, Europe and beyond. We would like to see Signal as a consultant and overall, complete supplier of future telecommunications industry testing including: HW, SW, maintenance, training, etc.
We strive to be a partner of integrity with strong values: Trust – Respect – Transparency. Today we are a team of 13, proud to serve and going strong!
For insight on a more personal side of Lassi, we invited to a brief Q&A:
Share something that we do not know about you.
– I am essentially a “Terrier”. I never give up. 😊
Tell us about 3 things you enjoy doing in your free time?|
– Sports, travel, reading.
Do you have any special items on your “bucket list” you would like to share, or things you have already accomplished?
– The team is happy and enjoy life; both at home and at work.
What is your favorite thing or things about working at Signal Solutions?
– Exceptionally talented people and the chemistry of our team.