Archives: Interviews

Q&A with Sebastiano Galantucci, COO at Dime Global

In this interview, Sebastiano shares how MVNOs can address the rise of communities, why MVNOs should be investing in communication platforms and where they fit within a MVNOs digital transformation.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Going for a slash

Jamie and Scott are joined by Iain from Light Reading this week and they start by discussing the pros and cons of becoming a communications-slash-content provider. Is convergence a sound business strategy or is it better to just stick with what your company’s best at? Is it good for you to consume a lot of VOD? Not during a podcast it would seem as Iain and Scott are forced to improvise while Jamie literally goes for a slash. Unperturbed they move onto the ongoing subject of Chinese vendors getting a hard time from western authorities, with ZTE coming under so much fire it might have to slash its operations significantly. They conclude with a look Amazon, which thanks to a convergent strategy for its Prime premium service has managed to acquire over 100,000 subscribers. The guys speculate about why Amazon has decided to release this data but conclude it’s unlikely to slash its heavy investment anytime soon.

Q&A interview with Gary Bunney, CEO, MDS Global

In this interview, Gary Bunney shares his views on the growth opportunities for MVNOs, the technologies impacting the mobile ecosystem and how operating models must change to match the ability of some internet companies to out-perform.

Q&A with Achilleas Philippopoulos, Head of MVNO at Cyta

Achilleas Philippopoulos, Head of MVNO at Cyta, shares his thoughts on the biggest innovators in the digital world, the biggest challenges Cyta faced last year and the initiatives Cyta has taken to stay ahead of the curve.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Mind your language

The pod regulars are joined by Ray from Light Reading once more this week. They start with a discussion about how inadequate the policing of the digital economy is, with legislators and regulators struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change. Jamie feels so strongly about it that he’s moved to frankly shocking profanity. He then composes himself long enough to tell us about the tension between national and state-level attitudes to technology in the US, allowing Ray to step in and restore some decorum to the exchange before Peterborough gets some harsh treatment. They conclude by observing snowballing interest in automation across the telecoms industry, which Ray uses as an opportunity to shamelessly plug Light Reading stuff.

Sterlite Launches ‘The Power of 1′ Campaign to Help Operators Grow

Vaibhav Mehta, SVP of Business Development at Sterlite, discusses Sterlite’s vision behind “The Power of 1″ campaign and the value and solutions it provides for operators. Vaibhav also discusses some of the key growth verticals for Sterlite and trends within the telecom industry that they are leveraging.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: What you do on your laptop is your business

This week only Scott and Jamie managed to make it into the studio after the long-weekend of chocolate, countryside walks and beer. This week sees the end of the 5G auction with the guys wondering why Ofcom feels it can charge so much, Facebook just continues to offer easy pickings for the technology journalists of the world and we finish off with a look at how to do M&A correctly…

Q&A with Whitey Bluestein, Bluestein & Associates

With little growth in new subscribers in the retail market, the growth area today is in IoT, M2M and connected devices. Several MVNOs have also focused more and more on these segments, where they can add value.

Q&A with Federico Homberg, Deutsche Telekom

Whilst for consumers using their phones in Europe became significantly cheaper, the decision made by the EU to ban roaming charges across its member countries has clearly impacted the mobile wholesale market.

Q&A with Nicholas Constantinopoulos, CEO Europe at FreedomPop

Nicholas Constantinopoulos shares what has impacted his business the most, why Operator’s DNA doesn’t include innovation and the whether the current non-traditional telco players entering the market are a threat or an opportunity.

Red Hat Offering Telcos The Power of Innovation from Open Source Community

Santiago Madruga, GM of Telco & ICT, EMEA at Red Hat, discusses how Red Hat is leveraging Open Source to offer telcos more opportunities through NFV and network cloudification. Santiago also discusses what needs to happen to make applications ready for the elastic infrastructure of NFVi and what telcos are looking at application modernization.

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