Category Archives: Fourth Edition

Digital Transformation: A Management Road Map

carlacicoby Carla Cico
Member of the Board, Alcatel-Lucent

Innovation, the search for talent and reorganization: these are three topics that nowadays we hear about again and again, as if they are new concepts in the corporate world. This is not true. Companies have always created success through searching for and implementing innovation, by attracting and retaining the best talent, and by reorganizing themselves according to the demands of their market. Continue reading

Digital Media developments and predictions for 2016

ingridby Ingrid Silver
Partner, Dentons

2015 was an interesting year in the UK media industry and we are already well into the first quarter of what is expected to be a very fascinating and busy 2016. I would like to share with you a number of legal developments which we expect to happen in 2016 and an explanation of what we think these developments will mean for the UK media industry, and more broadly for the digital media sector as a whole. Continue reading

Building a Brighter, Innovative Future requires bold steps

brownBy Danielle Brown
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Intel[1]

Just over a year ago, in January 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stunned the tech sector with an announcement of Intel’s Diversity in Technology Initiative[2]. This initiative committed Intel to reaching full representation of women and under-represented minorities in its workforce by the year 2020, and included a $US300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large. This was followed on June 9 2015 by the announcement by Intel Capital of the Intel Capital Diversity Fund – to invest $125 million in technology start-ups led by women and underrepresented minorities. In this exclusive interview with The Mobile Century (TMC), Danielle explains the reasoning behind this impressive and unprecedented investment by Intel in diversity, and provides a report card on progress in the program’s first twelve months of operation. Continue reading

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to end extreme poverty

annby Ann Mei Chang
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director at U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

Over the past 20 years, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty has been cut in half. This past September, 193 of the world’s leaders came together to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a headline target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. For the first time in the world’s history, this looks possible. Continue reading

Innovation and Diversity drive the Digital Economy

reneeby Renee LaLonde
Founder and CEO of iTalent Corporation

2015 saw a major shift in the digitalization of many traditional sectors of the economy and society, including education, health and social services. Online classes in the form of MOOCs became markedly more available, health records began to go online, online retail made significant inroads into bricks and mortar businesses. Continue reading

Innovation and Culture Change: Taking the Long View

kateby Kate McKenzie
Chief Operations Officer, Telstra Corporation

As part of the Senior Management Team at Telstra, I and my colleagues spend a lot of time thinking about and discussing innovation and culture change. We do this because we know innovation is a key driver of growth – not only for companies, but also for our customers, the economy and society as a whole. Continue reading

Digital Transformation: A New Formula for Success

mosiriby Mosiri Cabezas
Director of Digital Transformation and Business Acceleration at Telefónica

Everyone alive today will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to move from one era of human development to another. This new era will be one where we love, work, learn and age in a completely different way to our forebears. Continue reading

Unleash the Game Changers: The GC Index – A new solution to the challenges of culture change

nathanby Nathan Ott
CEO eg1

Companies in all sectors of the economy are facing the same dilemma: how to respond to the enormous challenges confronting them in a time of digital disruption, rapid evolution of businesses and the demands of clients. Organisations have to somehow transform their businesses whilst at the same time keeping their shareholders happy with ‘business as usual’ and delivering expected returns on investment. Similarly, for governments, they must somehow transform their modes of service delivery whilst meeting the expectations of politicians and the community at large. Continue reading

What Women (Still) Want

guyby Guy Pattison
CEO Long Run Works

Twenty years ago, about the same time that the GTWN was being established as a leading group of women in tech, a group of campaigners for women’s rights came up with a simple idea to capture a female vision for society. Continue reading

Circular Economy: Building a Phone to create a fairer economy

bibiby Bibi Bleekemolen
Impact Development, Fairphone

Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. We open up supply chains to understand how things are made and build stronger connections between people and their products. Continue reading

The Growing Problem of Space Junk

hughby Dr Hugh Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, University of Southampton, UK

Space junk, or orbital debris as NASA refers to it, is a growing problem with immense significance for the future of the digital communications industry and the users of its products and services.

In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit. So what is the scale of the space junk problem, and what can we do about it?

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From Trash to Treasure – Changing the Economics of Space Junk

patrickby Dr Patrick Neumann
Chief Scientist, Neumann Space

Whether it’s piles of empty oxygen tanks on Mount Everest, or dead satellites in orbit, exploration leaves messy footprints behind. While this detritus is bad enough on Mount Everest, in space the effects could be disastrous. While space is mind-bogglingly big, the space around our planet is limited, and filling fast. In order for an object to stay in orbit, it needs to move at about 8 kilometres a second, which is literally ‘faster than a speeding bullet.’ At these speeds, if two objects collide, be they operational satellites, spent rocket stages or something else, the collision will create a cloud of smaller debris which can create yet more debris through future collisions; dubbed the Kessler Syndrome, after NASA scientist Donald Kessler1. If we don’t take action to reduce the Kessler Syndrome, the chances of a satellite colliding with a disabling piece of debris will be so high that new launches may not be feasible. Continue reading

No Moore’s Law for Networks

martinby Martin Geddes
Founder and Principal, Geddes Consulting

A common misconception in telecoms is that there is an equivalent of Moore’s law for networks. Whilst it is true that we have seen exponential growth in data transmission bitrates –driven by past rapid improvements in opto-electronics – no such property holds for networks as complete systems

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Embracing Mobile Payments without the Risks

micheleby Michele Merrell
North America President, GTWN and President, Merrell Consulting Group

For many years, payment industry experts have discussed the rise of mobile payments, claiming that the ease of use of mobile payments would mean that the technology would become widely adopted among consumers. Many major technology players such as Google and Samsung have launched or enhanced mobile payment services. But it was the earlier launch of Apple Pay that proved to be a game changer, pushing mobile payments to the forefront of many people’s minds, particularly in the United States.

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TV is Dead. Long Live TELE-VISION

vickiby Vicki MacLeod
Secretary-General, GTWN

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated 1.

2016 will be the year where watching TV where you want it, when you want it and on whichever device you want it goes mainstream and mass market, thanks to over-the-top (OTT) services and the market response from traditional players.

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FINTECH – A Golden Opportunity for Mobile Operators?

victoriaby Victoria Hernandez
Global Advisor, TMT and FinTech

While the last three decades of financial innovation have already led to massive changes in financial services, we believe that a new wave of innovation will continue to transform the industry. Innovation, through what has been called FinTech, is already disrupting the ways financial services are being offered, promising to provide access to underserved markets in new ways1.

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GTWN holds first meeting in Rome

maria2by Maria Pia Rossignaud
Editor of Media Duemila

The inaugural meeting of the GTWN’s Italian Chapter took place in Rome on 2 October 2015. Generously hosted by Telecom Italia, and chaired by Lucy Lombardi (pictured), the one-day workshop drew senior delegates from government, industry and academia. Continue reading