Whether it’s new technology or innovative strategies, GTB’s 151st issue lists some of the key innovators, in alphabetical order by company, who are helping to lead the way in telecoms.
Mayer, who is senior standards manager at Huawei, was re-elected as chairman in March 2017. Mayer is leading 3rd Generation Partnership Project's plans for standardisation beyond the air interface, and their prioritisation of work across four main requirement groups: enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT, critical communications, and network operations. He is looking at the evolution of core networks for 5G.
Hu has a pivotal innovative role as the Alibaba subsidiary plays a leading role in the race for internet cloud storage and computing services covering IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and big data. He has been president since November 2014 and is leading the company on its bold cloud computing plans, which includes expanding its global footprint with new data centres around the world. Some analysts predict Alibaba will increase cloud revenue from $1 billion in 2016 to $10 billion b.y 2020.
Vogels is one of the architects behind Amazon's approach to cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Vogels is continuously on the road to promote cloud computing and AWS and its benefits to the industry. Morgan Stanley predicts it will have $35 billion in cloud revenue by 2020.
Felstaine is in charge of finding and developing new growth engines for the company, which includes cyber security, NFV/SDN, blockchain and other fields of disruptive research. Felstaine is responsible for shaping Amdocs’ product vision, strategy, and long-term roadmap for network cloud service orchestration and NG-OSS. An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, Eyal has co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful start-ups.
Bayliff is a trained engineer making an impact in this industry, building Aqua Comms’ next generation subsea cable with a company which throws a considerable punch for its low profile. Bayliff does a lot with fewer resources than most. The company is owner and operator of CeltixConnect. Aqua Comms also created AEConnect, one of the first transatlantic cables built in the last 12 years. Aqua Comms will be selling its new cable as a carrier’s carrier. “They trust us as a privately operated venture to be different from the rest – long-haul by design and long-haul by nature,” Bayliff says.
Muller was one of the founding members of ARM, one of the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property supplier and as such is at the heart of the development of digital electronic products. He was appointed chief technology officer in October 2000. SoftBank’s £24.3 billion takeover sees Muller paid £22.7 million for the 1.34 million shares he and his family own. At MWC 2017, Softbank's CEO Masayoshi Son outlined his super-intelligent AI vision, which will see Muller truly drive this innovation.
Donovan has been busy the last few years, as the US operator looks to position itself as the leading technology operator when the 5G revolution starts. Not only has AT&T switched off its 2G network at the start of 2017, it is also in the process of a major overhaul as it virtualises the majority of its network. Last year, it surpassed its goal of virtualising more than 30% of its network.
Bourque leads a team of product and marketing professionals and is accountable for growing the wireline and cloud services portfolios for business markets as well as the wholesale markets in Canada and internationally.
Heading up the B2B operations at Bharti Airtel, Chitkara is helping to drive vast innovation with voice, data, video, network integration, managed services and digital media. Chitkara has been credited with building Airtel’s brand in the global arena, taking Airtel's network to reach more than 50 countries through submarine and terrestrial media. He has also helped India become an important transit hub of data and voice business.
Howard Watson is the man who has been tasked with integrating EE’s network and operations into BT following last year’s £12.5 billion acquisition. Last year he became BT’s new head of technology, replacing Clive Selley, who became CEO of Openreach. Watson is the man credited with the launch of BT Sport in 2013, and also oversaw BT’s information technology division in Bangalore. His next task is to create what BT has claimed will be a hybrid network, combining wireless roaming, WiFi, data and voice services. All that while dealing with Ofcom’s decision to split Openreach from BT, and whatever impact that has.
The Caribbean subsea cable landscape is about to be re-shaped and Stephen Scott, CEO, Deep Blue Cable is at the heart of it. Scott has extensive experience in telecoms and related industries including stints with Global Marine Systems, PSiNet Europe and Sentrum Data Centres. Scott is driving Deep Blue Cable’s development of a subsea fibre-optic system which will provide unrivalled connectivity across the Caribbean islands and to the United States.
One of the most dynamic segments in the market today is that of interconnection and cloud connectivity. Automation is key, and Epsilon is helping to shift traditional telco mindsets to a DevOps approach. Szlosarek recently announced the launch of Infiny On-Demand connectivity platform. “We have reduced the complexity of global networking to a mobile app and web-based portal, delivering networking as a utility in the form of a fully adaptable API," said Szlosarek.
In September 2016, Ericsson appointed Ewaldsson as SVP, chief strategy and technology officer, and head of group function strategy and technology. He is responsible for the development of future technologies as well as the company’s overall strategy. Ewaldsson is the chairman of Ericsson’s Research Board, a board member of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, TM Forum and Assa Abloy.
ETSI, a European standards organisation, is the home of the NFV specification group and Romero has overseen the growth and success of this important initiative. Since his election as ETSI director general back in 2011, Romero has been further developing ETSI to provide a global reach to its members. He has led the development of the oneM2M global standards initiative for M2M communications and the Internet of Things.
Chaobin first joined Huawei in 1998 working on UMTS signal processing algorithms. In 2000, he was promoted as head of Huawei Wireless Research where he contributed to the evolution of WCDMA/HSPA/LTE. From 2008 until 2011 he served as head of Huawei’s LTE product line and Huawei’s R&D centre in Sweden. Chaobin is the founder of Huawei’s Mobile Innovation Centre, which invented the industry pioneering SingleRAN solution. Since 2012, his responsibilities include strategy, planning and marketing for radio access and core network products.
High has overall responsibility to drive Watson technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Leadership team, High works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM.