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People

Former Vodafone executives join ngena

SD‑WAN enabler names a refreshed board, with Chris Burke and Maja Grätz taking C‑Suite spots. Accenture and T‑Systems influence still prominent.

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People

Former O2 and Vodafone duo take helm at Deutsche Glasfaser

O2 Germany’s ex‑CEO Thorsten Dirks takes top‑spot at fibre altnet. Vodafone Broadband Director Ruben Queimano named CCO, expanding existing Vodafone alumni presence in Deutsche Glasfaser leadership.

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Venturing & Investments

Telefónica on board with 5G emergency comms project

AI to be leveraged by EC-funded research group as a means of providing enhanced 5G network coverage for emergency services. Group building ecosystem around responsible use of AI. Another example of operator working the axis between e-health and connected-vehicles.

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Strategy & Change

Telefónica Tech changes shape ahead of carve-out

Reorganisation sees cybersecurity and cloud businesses merge. Telefónica IoT & Big Data Tech registered as a Telefónica Tech company.

More Telecoms News

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Suppliers & SCM

BT seeks instant purchasing power with Suplari

Procurement function seeking “relevance” by addressing “huge legacy” of aging IT, and reliance on Excel. Calculating spend with individual suppliers was unwieldy and long-winded. Quick-fire info seen as increasingly important amid disruption of COVID‑19 and Brexit.

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Network & Infrastructure

Vodafone Italy CEO wants government help on 5G

Bisio claims country’s operators unfairly handicapped after heavy outlays on spectrum. 5G development projects completed in Milan. CEO voices caution again about Italy’s plan for a single broadband infrastructure company.

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Interview

Interview: Telekom Security CEO Thomas Fetten charts growth course

Thomas Fetten gets to work on focusing T-Sec portfolio and charting course for growth, while looking for M&A, JVs, and partnership opportunities. Key growth areas include industrial control, cloud, and consulting. Regional focus is Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for now; geographic expansion planned for next phase.