Archives: Interviews

Cloud formations

Jose Luis Gamo, global cloud services director at Telefónica, talks to James Middleton about the firm’s activities in the space.

Ken Denman, Openwave

Ken Denman, Chief Executive Officer of global software firm Openwave Systems talks about the better management of bandwidth and how operators can better monetise the network information they have available. The company also announced a partnership with Juniper Networks, which will see Openwave technology integrated into Juniper hardware.

Renaud Duverne, Agilent

Renaud Duverne, head of marketing for the signal analysers & sources unit at Agilent, talks about LTE Advanced and the obstacles operators face in deploying next generation wireless. Due to the complexity of LTE as a technology, testing times have increased but Duverne highlights developments that have made testing more affordable.

Erik Norup, President, Napatech

Erik Norup, President of Napatech, talks about the monitoring and security of network data, using adapters able to capture data at 20Gbps. Norup describes how data capture and analysis can enable operators to build their networks out in an intelligent manner.

Fernando Núñez-Mendoza, fonYou

Fernando Núñez-Mendoza, CEO and co-founder of fonYou Telecom, talks to telecoms.com about the rise of over the top services (OTT) and how operators can get a share of those revenues. The company’s first customer is CellC in South Africa, and Núñez-Mendoza discusses this early deployment.

Steve French, Newbay

Steve French, VP global marketing at cloud services firm Newbay talks about the deployment of cloud services to end users, and identifies how operators can deliver a lifetime of digital content to their customers.

Craig Miller, VP Business Development, Sequans

Craig Miller, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Sequans talks about the uptake and demand for 4G technologies including growing support for TD-LTE. According to Miller, migration, dual mode and handover technologies are all at the forefront of the operators’ minds.

Piotr Piatosa, Vice President, Comarch

Piotr Piatosa, vice president of BSS and OSS specialist Comarch, talks to telecoms.com about the problems operators face in the BSS space and how optimisation and self service can help add customer value.

David Nowicki, Alcatel-Lucent Ventures

David Nowicki, General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, talks about a technology called mobile smartloading the unit is currently incubating.

Magnus Rehle, Greenwich Consulting

Magnus Rehle, Managing Partner of Greenwich Consulting talks about the wave of tablet form factor devices and the recent partnership between Nokia and Microsoft.

Peter Cook, VP engineering, Starhub

Peter Cook, vice president of mobile engineering at Singaporean operator Starhub, talks to telecoms.com about the deployment of HSPA+ and the upgrade path to LTE.

Harper’s bazaar

Tower management company Eaton Towers focuses exclusively on Africa, the region where its three founders have most experience. In this interview, one of those founders and the company’s CEO, Alan Harper, talks to telecoms.com about running a tower sharing marketplace in one of the world’s fastest growing regions.

Blue sky opportunities

Manuel Gallo heads up business development for cloud computing at Japan-based vendor NEC. With Spanish carrier Telefónica onboard as the company’s first big operator client, Gallo runs a cloud computing competence centre out of Madrid, which develops platforms for EMEA and Latin America. Here he speaks to telecoms.com about opportunities that have emerged from the cloud.

Keeping Over The Top under control

Bengt Nordstrom, chief executive of consultancy firm Northstream talks to telecoms.com about Over The Top (OTT) services. OTT looms large on the operator agenda and Nordstrom believes 2011 will be a “breakthrough year” for the model. But how can operators ensure a slice of the revenues?

Serving the customer

Chun-Ling Woon, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Conceptwave talks to telecoms.com about convergence and customer self service.

MTN to sell airtime worldwide

During the AfricaCom 2010 event in Cape Town in November, telecoms.com caught up with Pieter Verkade, executive for mobile money at MTN Group and the operator’s new partners: Jerry Ejikeme, CEO Sochitel; and David Shackleton, COO for Ezetop, to talk about their deal to sell MTN airtime in 21 countries worldwide.

Providing for the providers

Video and multimedia consumption is going through the roof, and all across the industry debate is raging about how best to support this content. Telecoms.com recently spoke with Simon Orme, GM of content services at BT Wholesale about providing for the providers.

Core competencies

The theme of this year’s Industry Outlook event, to be held by Informa this month, is partnerships. With that in mind telecoms.com spoke to Ken Hart, senior director of business development at Yahoo, who is responsible for driving partnerships in the mobile area in Europe, Middle East and Africa for consumer internet services and mobile advertising.

Music for the masses

Digital music subscription services look like a good model on paper, yet few have proved their worth in the real world. Spotify, at just over 18 months old, is one of those exceptions, having captured the attention of fixed line consumers and successfully taken its offering mobile. Telecoms.com spoke with Faisal Galaria, global head of business development at Spotify ahead of the Mobile Industry Outlook event which takes place in London later this month.

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