Interviews & Profiles

  • VV Teradata 20210305 Universe19-Mon-General-Session-66
    Vendor Voice

    Teradata: telco leaders must step up to seize data opportunity

    2021-03-24T11:41:00Z

    Breaking down silos to seamlessly orchestrate data can deliver a virtuous circle of customer improvement and operational efficiency, presenting a springboard for a strategic reboot. In adopting tech sector business models, telcos have yet to fully grasp the value of their data assets, with coordination acting as a ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    DT lends experience as Openreach preps for all‑IP surge

    2021-03-08T11:07:00Z

    Openreach drawing on minority owner’s learnings as it corrals the UK’s CPs towards digital voice services. Migration closely linked to fibre rollout, but timing may be dependent on CP retail plans as market joins BT in favouring IP voice services.

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    Operations

    Openreach pushes ahead in journey to agile

    2021-02-24T09:03:00Z

    CTIO Colin Lees discusses three-year transformation project across IT, network, and processes to support FTTP rollout. Independent Openreach Technology division treads in parent’s tech footsteps. Adopts agile development where it can and organises into Tribes and Squads . Data strategy seeks “ single source of ...

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    Interview

    Avidan puts strategy in motion at Deutsche Telekom IoT

    2020-12-29T09:37:00Z

    Avidan brings entrepreneurial mindset to DT IoT as he seeks to transform the business and meet growth ambitions. Major strategic initiative, IoT Hub , planned for commercial launch in early-2021. Hints are made at “ inorganic activities ” in future, but current initiatives driven by organic efforts ...

  • Nutanix: Silicon Valley oblivious to emerging telco renaissance
    Vendor Voice

    Nutanix: Silicon Valley oblivious to emerging telco renaissance

    2020-12-24T10:33:00Z

    Nutanix’s Tarkan Maner discusses with Vodafonewatch his take on the evolution of the cloud services sector, and the way in which digital transformation efforts demand a fundamental re‑think of the misbalanced relationship between telecoms and technology players. Sector veteran Maner predicts telco fightback in the hyperscaler blind ...

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    Interview

    Deutsche Telekom backs GSMA scheme to sort network security headaches

    2020-12-22T03:29:00Z

    DT CSO Thomas Tschersich is a leading proponent of GSMA and 3GPP scheme. NESAS aims for more secure mobile networks and efficient security testing. Geopolitical climate heightens awareness about the security assurance scheme, and DT exec insists it could be an apolitical solution to concerns.

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    Interview

    Droniq COO: BVLOS flight within sight

    2020-12-11T10:31:00Z

    Ralph Schepp talks regulatory hurdles, market potential, and use‑cases. DT‑DFS JV sets high ambitions for traffic management platform. Partners brought in, with DT staying close.

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    Interview

    Interview: Telekom Security CEO Thomas Fetten charts growth course

    2020-11-27T09:59:00Z

    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. ...

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    Vendor Voice

    Salesforce Industries: bringing cloud Vlocity to telco CX

    2020-11-26T11:47:00Z

    As the CRM giant sharpens its focus on telco transformation, Salesforce Industries highlights the need for operators to lose legacy baggage, embrace cultural change, and focus on collaboration to move at digital pace. Experience of acquisition Vlocity demonstrates three trends in telco transformation, from gradual evolution to enthusiastic ...

  • Gawendo strategy to “move the needle” at Telefónica
    Interview

    Gawendo strategy to “move the needle” at Telefónica

    2020-10-29T14:15:00Z

    Telefónica honing a venture strategy that aligns with current Group priorities and brings in new technology partners without dulling their edge. Gawendo paints picture of the telco ventures sector as collegial and collaborative as co‑opetition reigns. Chema Alonso’s influence seen nudging Telefónica investment portfolio towards consumer propositions. ...

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    Vendor Voice

    F5: telcos need allies for digital leap forward

    2020-10-16T15:47:00Z

    In an interview with BTwatch, key figures from F5’s European operations discuss the application security service provider’s relationship with BT Group in the wake of securing a place on the telco’s streamlined list of 15 certified security partners. Richard Holben, the vendor’s BT Global Account Manager, and Ian ...

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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

    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

    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.

  • Mr. LI Tzar Kuoi, Victor, CK Hutchison’s Group Co-Managing Director and Deputy Chairman
    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.

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal
    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.