Archives: Interviews

The Orange glow of health

Orange has had a dedicated e-health unit in place since 2007. The unit is headed by Thierry Zylberberg, who spoke to about the the intricacies of the health sector and the best ways for telcos help it improve efficiencies, and drive new revenue streams for themselves.

The social brand

Maz Nadjim, head of social media at Ogilvy Group, talks about the success of social media and brand association within the market.

Standard Bearer

Operators believe they have a pivotal role to play in the transformation of the healthcare system. Telefónica’s Jose Perdomo is planting the flag for the spanish carrier.

Growing Facebook

Colm Long, director of operations for Facebook EMEA, talks about the origins of the social networking service and its adoption by people age 35+.

Getting the measure of LTE

While operators and network vendors tend to make a name for themselves through headline grabbing deployments in the LTE sector, there are companies working in other areas on the new technology that command less of the limelight but nonetheless play a vital role in a successful LTE network roll out. Test and Measurement is one such area, and JDSU one such company. But, says Per Kangru, head of Business Development for LTE at JDSU, there are more benefits to a proactive T&M strategy than people might realise.

The importance of ‘open’

Mike Silberman, MD of Netage Solutions, talks to about ways of reducing the cost and complexity of IT operations management, and highlights the importance of standards and scalability.

New opportunities

Neil Montefiore, CEO of Singaporean operator Starhub, talks about the smartphone revolution and the build out of Starhub’s next generation fibre network.

Falling back

Meik Kottkamp, Technology Management – Wireless, Rohde & Schwarz, talks about spectrum issues and supporting voice over LTE.

Connecting everything

IP Hong, Vice President – Head of Marketing Group, Samsung, talks about the company’s expansion into Europe with LTE deployments.

Fast moving market

Antonios Drossos, Managing Partner at Rewheel, talks about how the smartphone boom, combined with HSPA and LTE technologies has opened a window of opportunity for mobile data challengers.

Simplifying the customer experience

During the TM Forum Management World, caught up with Deutsche Telekom
CTO Olivier Baujard and the company’s CIO Steffen Roehn to chat about the cloud, enterprise applications and the retirement of legacy applications to make room for a new wave of apps.

Going digital

In this video, taken at TM Forum Management World, held in Ireland this week, Steve Shurrock, CEO of O2 Ireland talks about the ‘digitalisation’ of the health sector and the merging of the phone and the wallet as the operators makes its first moves in the financial services space.

Arun with a view

With experience of a number of LTE deployments in one of the world’s most advanced markets, Ericsson’s VP for strategy and market development in the US, Arun Bhikshesvaran, shares his thoughts on key strategic and technical issues surrounding rollout of the new technology.

Peters Suh: Apps are not a zero-sum game

When 24 of the telecoms world’s biggest players announced the formation of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) at the Mobile World Congress in February 2010, it’s fair to say the pundits’ response was overwhelmingly sceptical. Peters Suh, WAC CEO, tells such scepticism was misplaced.

M-ticketing picks up steam in UK

UK rail firm Chiltern Railways on Wednesday unveiled an m-ticketing application which enables passengers to buy, instantly receive and validate tickets through an app on their mobile phone.

Developing relationships

With the developer community becoming more important than ever, many carriers are faced with the same issue as consumers taking their first plunge into the world of apps – how to find the gems of quality amid the worthless stones. Vodafone’s answer is an annual competition, Mobile Clicks, which aims to identify and develop the best, most innovative mobile internet start ups. caught up with Hemant Madan, Vodafone’s head of developer marketing and the company’s Android app store, ahead of this year’s event.

Fixing LTE’s future

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products will be speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 17-18th May this year. spoke to him about whether the future is fixed, network sharing, the practicalities of Wifi offload and taking a heterogeneous network approach.

M2M – It takes a village

On a nondescript road not too far from the Hewlett Packard Garage that marks the birth of Silicon Valley, US wireless carrier Sprint has a small premises dedicated to the next great growth opportunity for the mobile industry. The M2M Collaboration Centre enables Sprint to bring together 40 partners to create bespoke M2M solutions for any organisation that needs them.

On the fast track

Vodafone Germany has become the latest European LTE cheerleader, having accomplished the impressive feat of launching LTE service on December 1, 2010, a mere seven months after acquiring the relevant spectrum under auction. Ahead of his appearance as one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming LTE World Summit 2011, Hartmut Kremling, Vodafone Germany’s chief technology officer talked to about the deployment.

Shaping the cloud to meet business needs

Costas Leonidou, Engineer for Value Added Services, Planning and Development Networks at CYTA will be giving a presentation at May’s Telecom Cloud Services Summit in Berlin. talked to him about running a successful cloud services business within a telecom operator environment.

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