Interviews & Profiles

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    M&A

    Special Report: Vodafone’s billion-dollar bash

    2020-08-12T15:50:00Z

    Vodafone has spent much of the last 15 years paring back an eclectic wardrobe of ill-fitting minority interests, built up in more extravagant and expansionist times. But now, after a more cost-conscious round of business reshaping, it’s refilled its portfolio with a new range of partly-owned associates and JVs. ...

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    Profile

    Profile: José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Visionary Technocrat

    2020-07-31T09:45:00Z

    Telefónica’s Executive Chairman and an avid numbers man, Álvarez-Pallete will take some convincing to follow business plans of others.

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    Profile: Kumar Mangalam Birla, Global Expansionist

    2020-07-31T09:41:00Z

    Straight-talking and hard-working, Birla is a formidable businessman. His commitment to Vodafone Idea cannot be taken for granted.

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    Profile: Luigi Gubitosi, Turnaround Maestro

    2020-07-31T09:40:00Z

    Gubitosi likes to shake things up to get cost-cutting results, even if means upsetting people.

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    Profile

    Profile: Victor Li Tzar-Kuoi, Son of Superman

    2020-07-31T09:39:00Z

    Arguably still in the shadow of his father, the renowned Li Ka‑shing, Li Tzar-Kuoi may prove easier to do business with than Read’s other billionaire-dollar guests profiled here.

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    Profile

    Profile: John Malone, Cable Cowboy

    2020-07-31T09:39:00Z

    Eccentric billionaire Malone will push Vodafone hard for expansion, probably through acquisition, but any conflict at VodafoneZiggo seems to be reasonably contained so far.

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    Profile

    Profile: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Family Guy

    2020-07-31T09:38:00Z

    A self-made billionaire, Mittal knows how to challenge the busines status quo. His restlessness for growth may take some satisfying.

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    Profile

    Profile: Dominique Senequier, Insurance Queen

    2020-07-31T09:38:00Z

    A penchant for l’activisme ” makes private equity specialist Senequier a potentially challenging business partner.

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    Profile

    Profile: David Teoh, Man of Mystery

    2020-07-31T09:37:00Z

    Billionaire recluse Teoh is entirely focused on what the customer wants. He seems unlikely to rein in his instincts following a TPG Telecom “ merger of equals ” with Vodafone Hutchison Australia. Of our eight profiles, we think Teoh will likely cause Read the most trouble.

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    Interview

    Interview: Julie Snell of the Scotland 5G Centre

    2020-07-28T10:49:00Z

    Former BT executive is relishing new challenge of bringing together a distinct and inclusive 5G strategy for Scotland. 5G continues to be a disruptive and highly politicised step-change in the telecoms industry’s development, with devolved government seeking policy differentiation from Westminster.

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    Suppliers & SCM

    Interview: NETSCOUT’s journey across telco border

    2020-03-25T15:08:00Z

    Massachusetts, US-based vendor tapping into themes of cloud infrastructure, cost efficiency, and churn reduction. Lightening of product portfolio, through disaggregation, enabling expansion into new use-cases around security, CX, bid data, and enterprise IoT. Cost-conscious Vodafone an early mover on shift away from integrated hardware/software.

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    Interview

    ADVA: Taking on the heavyweights in an evolving market

    2020-02-04T17:01:00Z

    Increasingly bullish vendor aiming to build on core strategic contract wins with BT to change its image and bring the spotlight onto its software and solutions portfolio in a virtualising environment. Major vendors still possess heavyweight advantages, but ADVA leveraging agility and reflexes of a middleweight champion. ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Mavenir’s Cantarelli on OpenRAN vision

    2019-10-25T14:42:00Z

    Vision of new flexibility and optionality in operator RAN deployments; not just a cost-slicer. 5G piece to be added to OpenRAN by end of 2019; vendors position for network densification role. Operators still to adapt themselves culturally and organisationally to exploit OpenRAN changes.

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    Interview

    Telefónica UK on Smart Cities’ challenges and opportunities

    2019-10-03T10:27:00Z

    Dimitrios Spiliopoulos discusses the developing relationship between operators and urban public bodies on the development of smart  city solutions.