Top 10: 5G Leaders

Top 10: 5G Leaders
Here are our Top 10 5G leaders from across Tech Mahindra, T-Mobile, Verizon, Huawei, e&, NTT Docomo, Nokia, Orange, Ericsson and Vodafone

Mobile 5G, the fifth generation of mobile network technology, is designed to advance a mobile’s speed and reduce latency.

5G is up to 100 times faster than the 4G networks, ensuring seamless streaming of high-definition videos. 5G can also connect more devices, which is vital for efficient IoT. This can support smart cities, smart agriculture and smart homes.

By incorporating 5G technology, these mobile sector leaders provide their customers with faster and more efficient digital experiences… But while they set out 5G, the arrival of 6G is on the horizon. These leaders will be ready for it.

10. Manish Mangal, Tech Mahindra 

Revenue: US$6bn

Employees: 145,000

CEO: Mohit Joshi

Founded: 1986

Manish is a telecom industry leader, with over 25 years of experience across a number of Fortune 100 companies. 

In his current role as the Global Business Unit Head of 5G and Network Services at Tech Mahindra, he leads global sales, solutions and delivery teams. 

“It's very clear that as the 5G deployment has taken shape, the ability to now transform the cost structure for the day-to-day operations of the network becomes a very high priority,” he said.

Read more of his exclusive interview with Mobile Digital here.

9Erin Raney, T-Mobile 

Revenue: US$73bn

Employees: 75,000

CEO: Mike Sievert

Founded: 1994

Erin Raney is the Senior Director of T-Mobile’s Technology & Innovation, where she leads the Tech Experience Program and 5G Hub. For over two decades, Erin has been a member of T-Mobile’s Technology team. Prior to that, she earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Telecommunication, both from the University of Colorado. Erin is also passionate about promoting girls and young women in STEM through DEI.

8. Christian Guinalda, Verizon

Revenue: US$138bn

Employees: 135,000

CEO: Hans Vestberg

Founded: 1983

Christian Guirnalda is in charge of Verizon's 5G Labs, where she educates innovators in building with Verizon's 5G Incubator. 

Christian earned a double major from Carnegie Mellon in Computing Technology and Manufacturing Management as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan. 

“As we move through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, accelerated by 5G technology, our ecosystem and community has an unprecedented opportunity to drive better societal outcomes by encouraging these intersections through education,” he said.

7. Sadayuki Abeta, NTT Docomo

Revenue: US$39bn

Employees: 28,000

CEO: Kazuhiro Yoshizawa

Founded: 1991

Sadayuki Abeta is the CEO of NTT DOCOMO, the number one mobile operator in Japan. In the rollout of 5G, DOCOMO has contributed not only to 3GPP but also to the O-RAN alliance to realise multi-vendor interoperable Open RAN solutions. 

“We established the 5G Open Partner Program to create new services and address social issues by collaborating with vertical players,” Abeta adds. 

So far, this has attracted the participation of over 5,000 companies.

6. Li Peng, Huawei

Revenue: US$99bn

Employees: 197,000

CEO: Ren Zhengfei

Founded: 1987

Li joined Huawei in 1999 and has worked up the ranks from General Manager of the Xi'an Representative Office to Assistant to the President of the China Region. Now, Li is a member of the Supervisory Board and President of ICT Sales & Service.

Previously, he worked at Nokia in Shanghai as FTTx Customer Technical Advocate. Li also worked in Saudi Arabia as a Technical Support Engineer for Ericsson. He has a BA in Electronic Information and Technology Science from Hebei University. 

5. Stéphane Demartis, Orange

Revenue: €42.27bn

Employees: 138,000

CEO: Stéphane Richard

Founded: 1988

Stéphane has 16 years of experience in telecoms and IT, working across numerous roles from start-ups to big businesses. He is now the Vice President of Orange Labs Network, where he is in charge of Cloud Infrastructure. Now his main responsibility is to support the virtualisation of the network journey, and prepare the deployment of 5G and edge computing in the Orange network. He leads a team of 150 people across France, India and Romania.

4. Raghav Sahgal, Nokia

Revenue: US$23bn

Employees: 92,000

CEO: Pekka Lundmark

Founded: 1865

Raghav lives in Silicon Valley and has worked across Singapore and the UK, as well as his native India. He is the President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, where he leads the company in cloud, software and communications space at Nokia.

Raghav has a B.A. in Computer Engineering, an M.A. in Computer Systems Management and an Executive Business Certificate in General Management from Harvard University.

Previously in his career, Raghav has worked at NICE Ltd., Oracle, Comverse, CSG and Lucent Technologies.

3. Katherine Ainley, Ericsson

Revenue: US$28bn 

Employees: 100,000

CEO: Börje Ekholm

Founded: 1876

Katherine Ainley is CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, where she leads the future of 5G monetisation across the telecoms sector. She joined the company in 2021, after working at BT. 

"We’re at the forefront of research and development, helping to define mobile standards, delivering industry-leading 5G technology and working with operators to develop new business models and services that can provide opportunities for revenue growth,” she said. 

Katherine was also featured in our Top 100: Women in Technology 2024.

2. Khalid Murshed, e& UAE

Revenue: US$2.8bn

Employees: 40,000 

CEO: Hatem Dowidar

Founded: 1976

Khalid has over two decades of experience in telecommunications, which has prepared him for this role as e& Chief Technology and Information Officer, a role he took on in 2022.

e& UAE provides digital experiences beyond telecom, including gaming, health and insurance. 

At the company, Khalid has contributed to the development of e& in leading technology leadership across the industry.

e& UAE reached the world's fastest recorded speed of 30.5Gbps on its live 5G network. 

“With this accomplishment, we are poised to unleash the boundless potential of 5G technology, empowering innovative services and applications that will transform the fabric of society and the economy,” said Khalid. 

By adopting these 5G solutions, e& is providing customers with premium digital experiences and paving the way for the 6G era by 2030, in alignment with the UAE’s recently unveiled 6G Roadmap by TDRA.

1. Andrea Dona, Vodafone 

Revenue: US$44bn

Employees: 105,000

CEO: Nick Read

Founded: 1984

Andrea has two decades worth of experience in senior leadership positions across the telco sector, working in strategy development, network delivery, business transformation and post-merger consolidation. Through these roles, he’s become an expert in full turn-key managed service contracts, off-shoring and outsourcing. 

Now at Vodafone, he started his time at the company as the Network Director, in 2021. Andrea led the roll-out of Vodafone’s 5G and fibre networks, as well as its converged network strategy and its network transformation. 

Previously, he earned a B.A. in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and also studied at Università degli Studi di Padova, where he learned about Telecommunication Engineering. He joined the Italian Chartered Institute of Telecommunication Engineers, in 1999. 

Andrea led the Vodafone UK mobile and fixed networks strategy execution, including the rollout of its 4G & 5G network and Fibre-to-the-Premise programme (FTTP).


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