Michelle Donegan is an experienced telecoms writer and has been contributing as a reporter and news analyst for TelcoTitans since July 2020.
- Content & TV
Platform launch is one of multiple moves in German TV revamp. Start of migration appears to be happening several months behind schedule. Rollout solidifies Group strategy for TV technology platform.
- Innovation (R&D)
As BT’s edge strategy evolves, gaming emerges as potential use-case. BT’s Neil McRae shares latest thinking about edge business cases. Consumer edge applications more advanced than enterprise services.
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 and strategic partnerships.
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.
- Public Affairs
Ministers scold eir and Vodafone Ireland for poor customer service during pandemic. Following meetings, outage disrupts VfIr data services.
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.
- Partnerships & Alliances
GAIA-X project gathers pace, as T‑Systems and OVHcloud share details of first commercial services to be launched early next year. Deutsche Telekom remains strong supporter of GAIA-X. Largest cloud providers pledge support for project’s principles, but there are signs of regulatory headwinds ahead.
- Strategy & Change
Telekom Deutschland’s money man overseeing data-driven modernisation programme, including effort to meld siloes through over-riding data lake. Data strategy seen as key to growth, efficiency, and customer experience goals.
- Products & Services
Carbon-neutral sub-brand signals fresh start for newly merged TPG Telecom. TPG steps up customer acquisition push with green and unlimited data offers and gets busy on convergence. Australian sub-brand follows Vodafone playbook.
- Suppliers & SCM
DT’s finance and human resources shared services unit builds process mining expertise with Celonis. By 2025, DTSE aims to have machine learning-based recommendations for “Procure-to-Pay” process.
- Financial & Performance
Precipitous revenue declines continue for Global as pandemic makes its presence felt, but mitigation measures and ongoing transformation ease the pain on profit levels. Growing underlying strength of division offers hope beyond an anticipated tough second half.
- Partnerships & Alliances
DT reveals strategic investment in UK startup developing hydrogen-powered, remote-controlled aircraft to deliver broadband connectivity. Operator takes on Alphabet, SoftBank, and SpaceX with rival system in the stratosphere.