M2M – It takes a village

Welcome to SIM city

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

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.

Developing and deploying the enterprise cloud

Jorge Caraphina, Engineer at PT Inovação

The Telecom Cloud Services Summit takes place in Berlin in early May. caught up with speaker Jorge Caraphina, Engineer at PT Inovação, a research and development company under Portugal Telecom Group, to talk about the challenges of scaling, reliability and security while meeting the opportunities that cloud provides in the enterprise customer segment.

From ‘the cloud’ to ‘my cloud’

Eduardo Mendez Polo, global services and cloud computing manager at Telefónica

Ahead of the Telecom Cloud Services Summit in Berlin in early May, caught up with Eduardo Mendez Polo, global services and cloud computing manager at Spanish carrier Telefónica, to talk about cloud as a technology and a business.

The Late Terminal Effect

TDC is still waiting for LTE/3G dongles that work

The technology might be new, but the problems are all too familiar. Danish incumbent TDC has its LTE network deployed in six cities in the country, but is currently restricted to a small scale friendly trial because of a lack of user equipment. It’s a frustrating situation for Bernd Reul, vice president of service platforms for TDC.

LTE on the Gulf course

Etisalat will be one of the LTE pioneers of the Gulf region

Marwan Zawaydeh, chief technology and information officer for UAE carrier Etisalat, is looking to position his firm as the LTE pioneer of the Gulf region. Zawaydeh, who will be presenting a deployment case study at the forthcoming LTE World Summit, speaks to Pamela Weaver about Etisalat’s plans for the technology.

Reaping the dividend

Denis Gautheret is VP of NGMN introduction for Deutsche Telekom in Germany

Denis Gautheret, vice president for NGMN introduction at Deutsche Telekom’s domestic operation, talks to Mike Hibberd about the deployment of LTE in Germany, where carriers are required to provide coverage to rural areas before they’re allowed to roll out in the more lucrative cities. The strength of the ecosystem is all-important, he says, and much progress has been made since the first days of UMTS ten years ago.

New World Operator

Martin Harriman will be speaking on day two of the LTE World Summit in May

It’s not every day that you come across a new carrier staffed by senior executives who are promising to “reset the industry”. But this is the bold claim made for US newcomer Lightsquared by the firm’s executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite systems, Martin Harriman. Lightsquared aims to redefine the operator business model altogether, as Harriman will be explaining during his presentation at this year’s LTE World Summit in May.

The fountain of youth – Aircel and Blyk

Blyk's Antti Öhrling and Aircel's Gurdeep Singh at the launch of Blyk on Aircel in 2011

Indian carrier Aircel teamed with youth media firm Blyk to launch a content and advertising service in November 2010. It represented the first deployment for Blyk outside of Europe, the firm having switched its model from ad-funded virtual operator to carrier partner after its MVNO play failed to gain the necessary traction. Blyk co-founder Antti Öhrling and Aircel COO Gurdeep Singh spoke to Mike Hibberd about the drivers behind this latest partnership, and the firms’ plans for the future

Cloud formations

Jose Luis Gamo, global cloud services director at Telefónica

Jose Luis Gamo, global cloud services director at Telefónica, talks to James Middleton about the firm’s activities in the space.

Harper’s bazaar

Alan Harper, CEO, Eaton Towers

Tower management company Eaton Towers focuses exclusively on Africa, the region where its three founders have most experience. In this interview, one of those founders and the company’s CEO, Alan Harper, talks to about running a tower sharing marketplace in one of the world’s fastest growing regions.

Blue sky opportunities

Manuel Gallo, head of business development for cloud computing at NEC

Manuel Gallo heads up business development for cloud computing at Japan-based vendor NEC. With Spanish carrier Telefónica onboard as the company’s first big operator client, Gallo runs a cloud computing competence centre out of Madrid, which develops platforms for EMEA and Latin America. Here he speaks to about opportunities that have emerged from the cloud.

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. 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 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. 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.

Helping the medicine go down

Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president of the Health Line of Business at Orange, speaking at the summit

At Informa’s second Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit, held in London in September, 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

Mike Wright, Telstra's executive director for wireless

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 about the firm’s plans for 4G deployment.

A healthy outlook

Keith Nurcombe, head of O2 Health

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 should have a meeting with Darren Silvester, information management architect at 3 UK, on the eve of the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4.