Apr 30, 2021

Event Spotlight: Why 5G Matters

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Meet the industry experts taking part in Mobile Magazine’s Why 5G Matters Webinar on May 7
Meet the industry experts taking part in Mobile Magazine’s Why 5G Matters Webinar on May 7...

As the global 5G rollout continues to take effect, the mobile telecommunications industry is looking for business models and monetisation strategies to make up for the huge investment required for the technology.

Many are looking to move beyond connectivity to develop new services that capitalise on 5G speeds, architectures, and data transfer capabilities.

In an upcoming, very special webinar, Mobile Magazine’s Scott Birch will join industry experts from SAP, DigitalRoute, Verizon, and Deloitte examine the incredible opportunity that 5G brings for network providers, their customers, and end-users. 

Frank Wilde

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Vice President, Global Center of Excellence at SAP

A seasoned executive and management consultant with a track record of success in software development and business model innovation, Frank Wilde is currently leading SAP’s data science innovation with a team of data scientists and platform architects to drive revenue growth and customer-driven innovation with strategic customers.

Demed L’Her

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CTO at DigitalRoute 

Mr L’Her is a software executive with a proven track record in enterprise software strategy, a solid academic background and a strong dose of pragmatism. He currently lives and works in Sweden, following over 16 years in Silicon Valley, as well as time spent in France, the UK and Japan. 

He has held almost all possible technical roles within a software company (product management, development, alliances, pre-sales, etc.), in a great variety of countries and environments, from pre-IPO Silicon Valley software companies to mega-vendors such as Oracle or SAP.

Arleen Cauchi

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Director Partner Business Development & Innovation, Verizon

Results-oriented leader with over 30 years experience in sales and marketing. An innovator, a strategic thinker and an influencer who has consistently been a pioneer throughout her career with the ability to assess complex opportunities, develop strategies, and mobilise teams to execute. Combining technology, sales and marketing know-how to consistently exceed customer and business expectations.

Jerry Hoberman

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Principal, Technology Modernisation leader, Consumer Industries at Deloitte Consulting LLP

U.S. Consumer-Retail Technology Practice Leader. Americas SAP Practice Leader. Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of successful outcomes in Consumer, Retail and Wholesale industries through technology modernisation. Skilled in IT Strategy, Technology Implementation, Business Case, Business Process Design, and Organisational Change Management. Deep global domain knowledge in Finance and Supply Chain. Solution-focused implementation of analytics and operational solutions that use clean ERP, cloud architectures, smart data design and integration platforms. Hoberman has an MBA focused in Finance from New York University.

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Jul 30, 2021

Virgin Media O2 plans fibre broadband upgrade for UK homes

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Virgin Media O2 is planning to upgrade 14mn UK homes with full fibre broadband capabilities over the next seven years

Virgin Media O2 is planning to upgrade 14mn UK homes with full fibre broadband capabilities over the next seven years

Virgin Media O2 has today announced plans to install fibre-optic broadband across 14mn homes and businesses in the UK. The company, which was formed from a merger between Virgin Media and O2, says it is making the move in an attempt to compete with BT. 

With installation costs of around £100 per property, Virgin Media O2 will lay the ultrafast fibre technology alongside existing cables located in underground tunnels. The switch aims to have installed fibre capabilities in 14.3mn homes by 2028, expanding on the 1.2mn homes with current fibre broadband access.

Lutz Schuler, Chief Executive of Virgin Media O2, said the move will herald “the next evolution” of its network “ensuring we’re fiber-fit for the future.”

“Our mission is to upgrade the UK, and we are doing exactly that,” he said.

Fibre broadband installation to represent a “modest annual increase” for Virgin Media O2

The company has said that the work of installing fibre broadband across the UK will result in a “modest annual increase” in its current capital expenditure budget currently standing at £2bn (US$2.7bn) per year. 

The news follows the announcement that Virgin’s main competitor, BT Openreach, also intended to install fibre broadband, increasing its coverage to a further 551 towns and cities across the UK, as part of its £15bn programme to support 25mn properties. BT’s broadband rollout aims to provide the service to a total of 5mn homes and businesses. 

In a statement commenting on the rollout, Virgin Media O2 said: “Right now, we have the UK’s leading gigabit network, and this upgrade means we’ll be even stronger for the decades ahead, pursuing new opportunities and putting words into action.

“In 60 days since the formation of Virgin Media O2, we have achieved a lot, but this is just the beginning. With strong foundations for growth in place, we will boost connectivity, provide greater choice and be a challenger the country can count on.”

The firm added that “the existing cable network will continue to be maintained and developed while the extensive upgrade takes place.”

 

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