Archives: Interviews

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.

Watching the gateway: Genband at BBWF

During the Broadband World Forum conference, which took place in Paris at the end of October, telecoms.com took the tie out to chat with Mehmet Balos, EVP and CMO of softswitch and media gateway firm Genband.

Perfect delivery: Telefónica at BBWF

During the Broadband World Forum held in Paris in late October, telecoms.com caught up with Cayetano Carbajo, director of technology and planning at Spanish carrier Telefónica. In this video interview Carbajo talks about the extension of both fixed and wireless broadband; demand for bandwidth as the main driver for investment; the pressures of delivering video; and the efficiencies afforded by cloud computing.

Helping the medicine go down

At Informa’s second Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit, held in London in September, telecoms.com sat down for half an hour with Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president of the Health Line of Business at Orange and Michael Reilly, director of Orange Healthcare UK, to discuss the recent flurry of activity in the mobile health sector.

Going the distance

Australian incumbent carrier Telstra launched its nationwide HSPA network in 2006, making the improved performance that gave it the centre of its marketing message. This year the carrier began a series of trials of LTE. Mike Wright, the firm’s executive director for wireless talks to Telecoms.com about the firm’s plans for 4G deployment.

A healthy outlook

In February of this year Keith Nurcombe took the helm of Telefónica UK’s first foray into the field of medicine as head of O2 Health. He joined the telecoms industry after 18 years in the health sector, saying that he was attracted to the role by the idea of helping a mobile brand move into the health market and make health services a key operator offering.

Analyse this

The sudden and explosive growth of mobile data is well documented and networks in mature markets worldwide are creaking under the strain. So it felt timely that telecoms.com should have a meeting with Darren Silvester, information management architect at 3 UK, on the eve of the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4.

Trail blazing

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is no stranger to the limelight, having blazed a trail with its commercial LTE deployments. But the firm has also caused a stir by calling trials of the technology “unnecessary” and claiming that the only differentiator vendors have to compete on is price. Telecoms.com recently caught up with Tommy Ljunggren, SVP and head of system development, mobility services at TeliaSonera to get more of his thoughts on 4G.

Trials and jubilations

As Nordic LTE champion TeliaSonera prepares to launch 4G services in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, telecoms.com caught up with Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research, who has first hand experience of LTE through his drive testing of the TeliaSonera LTE network in Stockholm.

Different strokes

While LTE technology is seen as an opportunity to converge wireless operators worldwide on one standardised platform, the actual drivers encouraging carriers to follow this route are wildly different. At the recent LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, we spoke with Stéphane Téral, directing analyst at Infonetics Research and got his thoughts on the matter.

LTE: Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research

At the LTE World Summit, Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research talks to telecoms.com about SON and SDR and the future of more efficient and productive networks.

LTE: Eric Ericsson, Ericsson

Voice is an often overlooked element of the LTE ecosystem, so telecoms.com chatted with Eric Ericsson, head of telephony evolution at Ericsson, at the LTE World Summit about the need to carry voice, as well as data, over LTE.

LTE: Thomas Norén, Ericsson

In this LTE World Summit interview, Thomas Norén, head of product line, LTE at Ericsson talks about the new services and revenue streams afforded by LTE deployments, and how an operator can protect its investment by adopting a future global standard.

LTE: Jonathan Morgan, Cisco

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Jonathan A. Morgan, of solutions marketing at Cisco, which recently acquired Starent Networks. Morgan spoke about the disruptive influence of LTE and how the evolution of packet core technologies can help operators make money off the network.

LTE: Tommy Ljunggren, Teliasonera

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is leading the charge with LTE commercial deployments having recently launched an LTE network in Stockholm and Oslo.

LTE: Konstantinos Halkoitis, Cosmote

Telecoms.com caught up with Konstantinos Halkiotis, RAN integration principal engineer at Greek operator Cosmote, at the recent LTE World Summit and got his thoughts on the future.

LTE: Seizo Onoe, NTT DoCoMo

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.

LTE: Mike Thelander, Signals Research Group

At the LTE World Summit, telecoms.com heard from Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research, who has first hand experience of LTE through his drive testing of the TeliaSonera LTE network supplied by Ericsson in Stockholm.

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