Backchat: Suzy Men­neret

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Col­lab­o­ra­tion is more im­por­tant than ever, says the Deutsche Telekom strat­egy ex­pert and i3 Fo­rum board mem­ber.

Across the Mid­dle East and Africa (MEA), car­ri­ers are trans­form­ing their oper­a­tions to match new en­ter­prise de­mands. The pace of change in the re­gion is ac­cel­er­at­ing and car­ri­ers are look­ing at how they can make their trans­for­ma­tion projects a suc­cess.

While there is a ten­dency to fo­cus on gain­ing first-mover ad­van­tages and beat­ing com­peti­tors to the punch, trans­for­ma­tion in iso­la­tion can be chal­leng­ing and re­source-in­tense. The in­dus­try and new tech­nolo­gies are sim­ply mov­ing too fast to go it alone.

How car­ri­ers ex­e­cute on their trans­for­ma­tion roadmaps is what mat­ters as well as en­sur­ing the cre­ation of long-term sus­tain­able busi­nesses. Around the world and not just in the MEA re­gion, there’s an un­der­stand­ing about what busi­nesses need to ac­com­plish but the chal­lenge is to ex­e­cute.

With trans­for­ma­tion front and cen­ter of the in­dus­try, car­ri­ers lo­cally in the Mid­dle East and across the globe should be look­ing at how they can use col­lab­o­ra­tion to en­able suc­cess­ful trans­for­ma­tion.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion is more im­por­tant than ever for tel­cos. By: Suzy Men­neret, mar­ket and strat­egy ex­pert at Deutsche Telekom and i3Fo­rum board mem­ber

Ac­cel­er­at­ing adop­tion and in­no­va­tion

Trans­for­ma­tion is no longer just about the cloud. Car­ri­ers are sup­port­ing the cre­ation of new ef­fi­cien­cies that are built to adapt to new tech­nolo­gies and de­mands. As an in­dus­try, we are al­ready mak­ing ac­tive de­ci­sions and im­ple­ment­ing proof of con­cepts and use cases. There’re new op­por­tu­ni­ties for tech­nolo­gies that can stream­line our oper­a­tions, re­duce fraud losses and en­able the cre­ation of new ser­vices:

Car­ri­ers must come to­gether if they want to thrive. They need to be able to take part in the con­ver­sa­tion by en­gag­ing in on­line fo­rums, at con­fer­ences and col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­ers to cre­ate valu­able, mean­ing­ful and ac­tion­able ma­te­ri­als that in­flu­ence new so­lu­tions and tech­nolo­gies within the in­dus­try.

Through the i3 fo­rum, MEA car­ri­ers have an op­por­tu­nity to bring their voice to the ta­ble and share their trans­for­ma­tion roadmaps and in­no­va­tions hap­pen­ing in the re­gion with car­ri­ers from around the globe. They can have a voice in shap­ing the Mid­dle East mar­ket and beyond and fa­cil­i­tate change and evo­lu­tion within our in­dus­try.

Fu­ture-fo­cused col­lab­o­ra­tion

It won’t be an op­tion for car­ri­ers to work alone. The ones that will be suc­cess­ful in their trans­for­ma­tion jour­neys will be those who join forces to en­able in­no­va­tion. It’s up to us to work to­gether with who­ever will stand up and col­lab­o­rate and make trans­for­ma­tion a suc­cess.

It’s this col­lab­o­ra­tion that lies at the heart of i3 fo­rum’s work. i3 fo­rum brings the in­ter­na­tional car­rier ecosys­tem to­gether to en­able and ac­cel­er­ate trans­for­ma­tion. Our mem­bers are work­ing to­gether to solve the chal­lenges that face our in­dus­try and de­liver value across the en­tire ecosys­tem.

Col­lec­tive trans­for­ma­tion will be the key to driv­ing change in the in­dus­try. By get­ting play­ers across the ecosys­tem to work to­gether, we can fa­cil­i­tate real change.

Got some­thing to say? If you would like to be fea­tured in Backchat, please e-mail: [email protected] in­dus­try and new tech­nolo­gies are sim­ply mov­ing too fast to go it alone.”

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