Interviews & Profiles

  • btw328-tt-insource-partners-india
    Strategy & Change

    BT reviewing Indian tech ops, may insource from partners

    2021-09-02T07:14:00Z

    Taking a relook at level of work outsourced to third-party providers such as Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra. Insourcing would “strengthen” role of BT’s Bangalore-based services operation, increase self-reliance.

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    Interview

    Interview: New HQ beckons for Jansen’s “better BT”

    2021-08-31T07:14:00Z

    As BT prepares to move into a new-era head office in Aldgate, Technology HR boss Mark Murphy speaks to TelcoTitans about the Group’s physical and virtual makeover. Technology reorganisation, facilities facelift, and move to ‘smart working’ viewed as key to refreshing how BT does business. Organic and inclusive approach ...

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    Vendor Voice

    Teradata: balanced data foundation critical to digital transformation

    2021-06-24T09:54:00Z

    If AI and ML are your future, make sure the data foundations are in place. Requirements and applications change but the need for a solid data base does not. Your data vision should be holistic, released from the complexity and inefficiency of hundreds and even thousands of siloes. ...

  • Celfocus Global Inspiration Day
    Vendor Voice

    Celfocus: Agile mindset and precision key to digitalisation

    2021-06-14T10:34:00Z

    In an interview with Telefónicawatch , Paulo Trigo, CEO of European telco SI Celfocus, outlines a belief that operators must think more nimbly as they engage in strategic transformation programmes. IT implementation needs greater influence to enable digital transformation. Agile is more than a buzzword and ...

  • Blue Planet urges operators to take the digital leap
    Vendor Voice

    Blue Planet urges operators to take the digital leap

    2021-06-14T10:15:00Z

    In interviews with Telefónicawatch, senior figures at Blue Planet discussed learnings from the vendor’s journey towards the digitalisation of services by carriers. Standards provide vital safety net as industry digitalises incrementally and telcos must act collectively to establish a vision. Old thinking on customer relationships and ...

  • btw325-tt-patrick-drahi
    Profile

    Which Drahi has BT got itself entangled with?

    2021-06-11T10:04:00Z

    Altice empire expands into UK. Drahi: a  fibre visionary or ruthless financer? Does BT investment represent change of tack by rapacious wheeler-dealer?

  • btw325-tt-openreach-tech-colin-lees
    Interview

    Openreach Tech team powers UK fibre build

    2021-05-17T10:41:00Z

    CTIO Colin Lees shares impact of tech overhaul on network build. More effort on provisioning and repair in three-year transformation project. Openreach owns IT and Network strategy decisions; BT Digital and BT Networks are key suppliers. Three-supplier strategy for FTTP advances with Adtran, Huawei and Nokia. ...

  • btw323-tt-katie-milligan-rural
    People

    Openreach’s Milligan on importance of rural fibre

    2021-04-20T11:18:00Z

    Openreach executive sees fibre deployment as key to reversing rural to urban migration . Building broadband is not enough: more education is required to ensure higher take‑up . Need to ‘ join the dots ’ to ensure infrastructure and economic programmes are properly implemented .

  • vfw195-tt-vishal-dixit
    Interview

    Vishal Dixit: MVNOs are vital to Vodafone UK growth

    2021-04-15T12:47:00Z

    Conversations with potential UK MVNO partners are “ in the double digits ”. Asda Mobile and Virgin Media deals exemplify OpCo’s new approach to MVNO partnerships . OpCo moving away from a ‘computer says no’ approach to MVNOs.

  • 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 ...

  • btw322-tt-james-lilley
    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.

  • btw321-tt-colin-lees-openreach-interview
    Interview

    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 ...

  • dtw101-people-avidan
    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 ...

  • dtw101-tschersich-telekom
    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.

  • dtw101-tt-ralph-schepp
    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.

  • dtw100-tt-fetten-t-sec
    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. ...

  • Vlocity-LinkedIn-0
    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. ...

  • F5-MarketMettle-quote
    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 ...