Archives: Interviews

Focus on the future

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera may have stolen much of the limelight with its launch of LTE in Stockholm and Oslo, but other carriers are hot on its heels with a view to launching the 4G technology before the year is out. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, 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: Technology versus business

As a technology, LTE is solid, but as a business model the future of mobile is less clear. 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.

Network economics

It’s generally accepted that existing wireless technologies still have a decent lifespan ahead of them. Most of the people spoke to at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam expect 4G, 3G and even 2G to co-exist for some time yet. Here we talk to Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, director of technology services and international network economics at T-Mobile and get his thoughts on sweating existing operator assets and for how long that can be done.

Cox crows on LTE

Next generation wireless broadband technologies are held in high regard for their potential to deliver where 3G failed. This potential is also being tapped by fixed line operators which see 4G as a route to deliver complementary services. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, got to speak with Stephen J Bye, vice president of wireless at US cable carrier Cox Communications.

Northern Lights

In November 2009, TeliaSonera, the joint venture between the incumbent carriers of Sweden and Finland, became the first operator to launch a commercial LTE service. Håkan Dahlström, president of mobility services at TeliaSonera talks to Mike Hibberd about the motivation behind the move, the firm’s experiences with the technology so far and its plans for the future.

Money Man

In November last year, Jan Frykhammar became CFO of Ericsson. Here he talks to about his first few months in the job and how a long history at the Swedish vendor allows him to bring more than just number crunching to the role.

Straight talking

Tarek Robbiati is the opinionated and outspoken chief executive of leading Hong Kong operator CSL, and newly appointed head of Telstra International. He joined CSL three years ago, prior to which he served at the operator’s parent company, Telstra, in Australia.

A view from the Garrett

Garrett Johnston, group director of strategic marketing for Russian operator MTS, talks openly about the threats to existing carrier business models and what needs to be done to overcome them.

M-ticketing: Tobias Friman, manager, Centigo

Tobias Friman, manager of Swedish consultancy Centigo, talks to about his work as project manager with SJ (Swedish Rail) to deploy an m-ticketing solution for the railway.

M-ticketing: Andrew Bud, chairman, mBlox

Andrew Bud, chairman of mobile transaction firm mBlox, talks to about the delivery of tickets to the mobile phone and considers a future where consumers can pay for their ticket online or even have it charged to their phone bill.

A process of development

Michael Matthews is head of strategy and business development at Nokia Siemens Networks. He joined the firm in September 2008 from Amdocs, where he was the chief marketing officer. He shares his views on the industry and the future of NSN with

Red Bend Software EVP Marketing, Lori Sylvia

Lori Sylvia, Executive Vice President of Marketing for over the air (OTA) software firm Red Bend talks to about app stores, device management and the Red Bend software portfolio.

Airvana, co-founder, Sanjeev Verma

Sanjeev Verma, co-founder of network equipment and femtocell manufacturer Airvana, talks about the growing interest in femtocells both in the consumer and enterprise spaces, and the changing role of femtocells from providing coverage to providing new services.

Compuware, solutions manager, Richard Stone

Richard Stone, solutions manager for performance mangement firm Compuware,talks about measuring the end user experience, the growth in mobile data services and how the operators should data management.

Acision, CEO, Rory Buckley

Rory Buckley, CEO of mobile data services firm Acision,talks about how operators make money from data, the explosive growth of mobile data services and the importance of flat rate data pricing.

Accenture, global executive director, Angelo Morelli

Angelo Morelli, global executive director for new product development and innovation at consultancy firm Accenture,talks about the ‘IP jungle’, innovation, and the challenges around the delivery of digital content.

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