May 19, 2020

Top 10 Rising Stars in Telecoms

Top 10
Annifer Jackson
4 min
Top 10 Rising Stars in Telecoms

As the world of telecommunications continues to rapidly advance, we look at 10 of the industry’s young executives from Europe and the Middle East featured on Global Telecoms Business 40 Under 40 List for 2013.

10 - Enas Al Fardan, Batelco

Heading up the corporate strategy office at Bahrain’s leading telecoms provider, Enas Al Fardan led and managed many significant projects that have positively impacted the development in the country. This includes the introduction of the revamped low priced broadband packages in 2005 which grew the active market by more than 50 percent.

9 - Sian Baldwin, Clarks

Sian Baldwin is Chief Information Officer at British shoe retail giant Clarks. She was recently in charge of the design, build and run of BT Wholesale’s networks and IT systems, product development and support of bespoke managed services. She has attended Harvard and London business schools, and studied artificial intelligence at the University of Sussex in the UK.

8 - Nathan Bell, Telstra Global

As Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing, Nathan Bell has been behind Telstra’s growth into emerging markets. Having started in the industry in 1997, he has gained worldwide recognition for his expertise in developing new capabilities and revenue streams in new and emerging markets across Asia Pacific and central and Eastern Europe.

7 - Peter Heuman, Ericsson

Peter Heuman has over a decade of experience in telecoms and media, most recently in chief executive officer positions at two start-up ventures with an emphasis on translating strategy into bottom line results. Heuman holds an MSc in information technology and industrial management from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

6 - Huw Owen, Good Technology

Huw Owen is now Head of EMEA Operations at Symantec having witnessed a remarkable rise. As VP of channel sales for EMEA at mobile security company Good Technology up to June 2103, Owen has overseen a rapid expansion into the Nordic and Middle East territories, with blue chip customers including Barclays, Sainsbury's, Renault and Schipol.

5 - Jeanine Vos, GSM Association

The GSM Association represents the interests of more than 1,000 companies in the mobile communications industry worldwide, with the GSMA programme aiming to stimulate the development and take-up of sustainable and scalable mobile health solutions. Vos has been influential in driving the programme forward, helping healthcare providers deliver more efficient and consistent programmes.

4 – Gavin Krugel, Visa

Gavin Krugel is Vice President at Visa Emerging Market Digital, helping the company face the biggest challenge associated with the mobile money industry – convincing customers to sign up. He has helped many businesses double the numbers of customers using mobile payment solutions, while setting up business divisions designed to help Visa clients unlock the potential of adjacent industries such as insurance and government.

3 – John Finney, O3b

John Finney leads O3b's global sales and marketing efforts, along with the product development strategy. Prior to joining O3b Networks, Finney served as Regional Managing Director for Ciena Corp, where he was responsible for Northern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Before this, he held a number of International Vice President positions from 2004 to 2007 with Alcatel-Lucent, including responsibility for the Vodafone business unit.

2 – Nabil Baccouche, Etisalat

Nabil Baccouche has just been appointed Vice President International Roaming & Mobile Services at Etisalat, having spent three very successful years at Syniverse as Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa.

In 2012, Baccouche grew his in-region team and opened Syniverse's new MEA headquarters in Dubai. He fortified key relationships, hosting workshops on wifi, real-time experience management and advanced messaging solutions and securing deals for service bundles spanning Syniverse's lines of business.

1 – Dor Skuler, Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand

Dor Skuler founded and leads Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand business, in the forefront of the industry's drive towards network functions virtualization (NFV). This entrepreneurial activity provides a multi-vendor platform to enable transformation from the physical to cloud based delivery of telecom services.

The innovation from the A-team that Skuler assembled is widely recognised as one of the leaders in this new growing market segment.

On being named in the Global 40 Under 40, he told Business Review Europe and Middle East in an exclusive profile on the company, that he was flattered to be recognised among the industry’s finest young entrepreneurs.

He also said that “when we started three years ago with a vision for NFV it didn’t even have a name yet,” and that Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand were seen as “the crazy people standing on the hill and yelling that we should go cloud.”

Three years on and Skuler has certainly been proven right. 

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Jun 16, 2021

NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation

Virgin Mobile MEA
3 min
Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer at NetNumber, discusses how cloud-native architecture is accelerating the transition to 5G for telcos

NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.

NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks. 

“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.

The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.

“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.

“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.

Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.

Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.

“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.

Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:

  • Expertise -  NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
  • Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
  • Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
  • Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
  • Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.


NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA

“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region. 

“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services. 

“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings. 

“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture.  We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”

Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.

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