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  • December

    The man behind the webtone switch 01 December 2006

    Sun founder Scott McNealy now has a strategic position in the company. He's having what he calls 'big conversations' with leaders of the telecoms industry about Sun's adherence to open standards, and his vision that they should be providing the 'webtone switch' as a way of achieving the company's long-held belief that 'the network is the computer'. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • Dutch courage 01 December 2006

    KPN is ripping out its legacy networks, including telephone exchanges and copper wires, and replacing the whole system with a nationwide fibre-to-the-kerb system that will deliver broadband services at 30-50 megabits. Altnets will be welcomed onto the network with a street-cabinet version of local loop unbundling, says Eelco Blok, the CEO of KPN's fixed network. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • Converging with Level 3 01 December 2006

    After a series of mergers Level 3 is bringing together services for traditional media giants such as broadcasters and IP-based services for rapidly expanding internet-based companies. Capacity is expanding as demand booms and it is looking for further acquisitions. Interviews with Kevin O'Hara and Brady Rafuse of Level 3

  • France's broadband service war 01 December 2006

    There are four or five companies competing in most French cities to deliver advanced broadband telecommunications. Prices have been driven down but have stabilised, while the competition has moved to the services that the different operators can deliver via their rival platforms. Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews two of the leading CEOs in the market, Marie-Christine Levet of T-Online and Michaël Boukobza of Iliad

  • Managing the change at Colt 01 December 2006

    Under Jean-Yves Charlier, CEO for the past two years, Colt Telecom has built up its managed services business, offering storage, security and other services from re-opened data centres that had been dark since the dotcom collapse. Now Charlier is returning to the main investor, to be replaced by another managed services champion

  • Outlook towards the south and east 01 December 2006

    Interoute is expanding. With new investment from Dubai, it's expanding south and east to become a bridge to the Arab world. But it's also planning a big move into the corporate outsourcing market, with a scheme to bypass conventional operators and offer enterprises all-IP telephony through peering arrangements. Microsoft is an ally, CEO James Kinsella tells Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • Merging services 01 December 2006

    Jim Marsh came into Cable & Wireless as part of its takeover in 2005 of Energis. Since then he has been in charge of the company's service delivery as CEO for Europe, the US and Asia, focussing the strategy on larger multinationals and performing the difficult task of turning off small, unprofitable customers

  • Reaching out for fibre 01 December 2006

    It's the ultimate outsourcing move in the industry: BT's local loop business is now run by a separate unit, Openreach, which offers equal access to all competing operators. Now it is exploring a strategy to build fibre into the local access network. CEO Steve Robertson reveals to Global Telecoms Business that the company will develop a business plan for fibre. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • October

    Consolidating in Africa 01 October 2006

    Investcom has been running mobile networks successfully in the Middle East and Africa. Now it is merging with MTC

  • Forty years on, satellites still fly 01 October 2006

    Telstar thrilled viewers in the 1960s with the first intercontinental TV pictures. Today Telstar satellites deliver hundreds of channels to millions of viewers, but they also allow mobile operators to extend their coverage and deliver fast broadband to remote areas

  • A deregulator at heart 01 October 2006

    Europe's chief lobbyist on behalf of competitive operators is Steen Clausen. He's looking forward to learning the details of the new review of the industry from the European Commission in Brussels, due in November. There is a lot to do before competitive operators can do business on the same terms in all 25 member countries, he says

  • Russian investors aim for higher growth 01 October 2006

    Russia used to be an emerging market, but now mobile is reaching saturation and Alfa Telecom's Altimo arm is seeking high-growth investment opportunities in selected markets around the world. Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews Altimo's CEO, Alexey Reznikovich

  • June

    Networks in the 21st Century 29 June 2006

    BT will pause after its 21st Century Network trial in Cardiff, starting in November 2006, with a four-year national rollout starting in January 2008, BT's Matt Beal told GTB's Networks in the 21st Century conference. Presentations now available:

  • France Telecom converges with an Orange glow 29 June 2006

    It used to be just a cool mobile brand in the UK but now the French incumbent is adopting it for the whole company as it starts to market a comprehensive range of converged services across the world, including new fixed services such as voice over IP and IPTV. Report by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • Towards the revenue operations centre 29 June 2006

    The CTO of a telco has the network operations centre, and now the CFO can look forward to the revenue operations centre. That's the view of the two CEOs who have brought their companies together to create Subex Azure, combining fraud management with revenue assurance. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • April

    Focus on consolidation 01 April 2006

    The March-April issue of Global Telecoms Business is the biggest we've done for years. Five C-level executives are on the cover — clockwise from the top, Saad Al Barrak, CEO of MTC; Kris Rinne, CTO of Cingular Wireless; Peter Erskine, CEO of O2; Boris Nemsic, CEO of Mobilkom Austria and CEO-designate of Telekom Austria; and John Killian, CEO of Verizon Business.

  • High-speed convergence at Cingular 01 April 2006

    With 54 million customers Cingular is the biggest mobile operator in the US — and one of the biggest GSM operators in the world. CTO Kris Rinne has overseen its merger with rival AT&T Wireless, is running the rapid rollout of 3G services including mobile TV, and now faces another rebranding as its two shareholders contemplate a merger. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • March

    O2 converges with Telefónica 01 March 2006

    Weeks after mobile operator O2 is integrated into Telefónica, CEO Peter Erskine explains how his expanded business now has the infrastructure to be able to add fixed DSL services to its offering, while he relishes the chance to do new deals on handsets and equipment for O2's networks. He doesn't want to repeat the mistakes other operators have made, he tells Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • World view from Verizon 01 March 2006

    It used to be regarded as inward looking, but the addition of MCI in January is giving Verizon an international perspective. In his first interview since becoming CEO of Verizon Business John Killian explains how he is offering corporate and wholesale services to the US and the rest of the world. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • Dial MS for telecoms 01 March 2006

    From mobile phones and IPTV to OSS and messaging, Microsoft is penetrating right through the telecommunications industry. The person right at the top of that effort is former Bell Labs engineer Maria Martinez, who not only heads building the company's strategic relationship with the industry but is also in charge of every single sale of Microsoft Office to a telco. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • In a hurry for growth 01 March 2006

    MTC has ambitions to become one of the biggest mobile operators in the world. But CEO Saad Al Barrak has wider ambitions. He is looking for a global brand that will work from China and Gabon, in Rio de Janeiro and Madras, in Moscow and Iceland at the same time

  • Convergence in Austria 01 March 2006

    Telekom Austria is tackling fixed-mobile convergence in a novel way. It has extended the responsibilities of Boris Nemsic, who has run its mobile operations for six years, so that from May he will be CEO of the whole group. Yet he is sceptical about the idea of fixed-mobile convergence as many operators see it

  • An antidote to hype 01 March 2006

    Singapore's MobileOne has a commercial 3G network. It's making its own TV shows for mobiles. It's trying different forms of fixed broadband wireless. So why is CEO Neil Montefiore a sceptic? He explains here

  • Getting to the core of 21CN 01 March 2006

    How is BT's 21st Century Network project impacting the alternative providers — and how are they working with BT in the roll-out of the all-IP network? The head of one leading operator gives his views

  • New investment by a new AT&T 01 March 2006

    Having been absorbed by SBC, to which it has given its name, AT&T is planning investments of over $8 billion in increasing its network penetration, not only in the US but in developing economies and established international markets. EMEA president Bill Archer explains the strategy

  • Converging your bills 01 March 2006

    Most operators have a different package of services for post-paid and pre-paid customers, and the two systems exist in different silos. Telkomsel's Arman Hazairin has pioneered a project to install a converged billing system that allows services to be offered and customers to choose how they pay

  • Looking for the white spaces 01 March 2006

    The new CEO of Telcordia is looking for white spaces — places where the company should be operating but is not. But in his first six months in the job Dan Carroll has also found hidden treasure on the existing map: work that the company did for one customer that, with modification, can be developed into products that can be marketed more widely

  • Dutch cable operators vow to bypass KPN for VoIP 01 March 2006

  • February

    The big test for 21CN 01 February 2006

    In this issue of Global Telecoms Business, we interview the two CEOs who are in charge of the reconstruction of BT as an incumbent unlike any other in the world. Here, Paul Reynolds, CEO of BT Wholesale, explains how 21CN will start to roll out within months. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • A question of boundaries 01 February 2006

    As the technology moves closer to the customer in order to deliver higher bandwidth, where will be the boundary between newly created Openreach and the telcos? That's one of the challenges for Openreach CEO Steve Robertson

  • Opportunity of a lifetime 01 February 2006

    After working for some of the best-known companies in the mobile industry, telecoms engineer Muhammad Iltaf got the chance to build a completely new network in the booming market of Pakistan. He explains how he was able to use his many years' experience to take some bold technology decisions