Archives: Interviews

Russian step

After 13 years at Telekom Austria, Boris Nemsic has moved to take on the role of CEO at Russian carrier Vimpelcom. He talks to Mike Hibberd about the two carrriers and his views on the industry.

Making a Play

Chris Bannister is CEO at Polish carrier Play, which launched into a saturated market two years ago. He talks to about the trials of the small independent and the dirty tricks he believes are being employed by powerful international incumbents.

WiMAX takes UQ test

WIMAX Vision speaks to Shuichi Kako, associate senior VP at UQ Communications, about the operator’s plans for a nationwide mobile WIMAX network and how UQ intends to differentiate from ‘3.5G’ and wireline broadband plays inJapan.

Moving on

After almost 13 years in charge of Singaporean mobile carrier M1, Neil Montefiore stood down at the end of January this year. He plans to work as an independent consultant for 12 months, before beginning a new role-as yet unspecified-in 2010.

Alvarion still buoyant talks to Alvarion CEO, Tzvika Friedman, about strategy and growth prospects for the Israel-headquartered WiMAX RAN supplier.

Mobile WiMAX ambitions

Wimax Telecom, a privately-held broadband wireless access provider, is turning to mobile WiMAX to sharpen its competitive edge in central Europe where it holds some 3.5GHz spectrum assets. WiMAX Vision spoke to CTO, Peter Ziegelwanger, about the company’s strategy for growth.

GSMA targets net gains through OneAPI

The GSM Association has set up an industry-wide initiative, dubbed OneAPI, to help make mobile operators’ network capabilities more accessible to third-party application developers. spoke to Graham Trickey, senior director at the GSMA, about the project’s progress so far and how the OneAPI project intends to improve the lot of the mobile operator.

WiMAX stalls in Brazil

Jose Luiz Frauendorf, executive director at Neotec, talks to Ken Wieland about his frustration at the lack of WiMAX progress in Brazil in the 2.5GHz frequency band.

Cynthia Gordon, CMO of MTS

Cynthia Gordon, chief marketing officer of MTS, talks about managing the direction and strategy of one of the largest carriers in Russia and the CIS. The only British and only female member of the senior management team at Mobile Telesystems (MTS)-the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS-Cynthia Gordon seems unfazed by the […]

Barry West, chief of Xohm

Six months later than originally planned, this month sees the Sprint-backed Xohm mobile WiMAX service making its market debut. Barry West is the man in charge and he has to make good on the promises of Sprint as well as the wider WiMAX community. Sprint Nextel recently launched its Xohm-branded mobile WiMAX service in the […]

Russia’s WiMAX enforcer

Lee Sparkman, president of broadband operator Enforta, is making WiMAX happen in Russia. The name Enforta comes from combining the Latin word ‘forte’ (strong) with ‘enforce’. It is an appropriately purposeful moniker for a company that claims to have the largest WiMAX footprint in Russia with operations in 55 cities across the country. “What distinguishes […]


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