Steve Kelly, General Manager Asia Pacific, North America, Middle East and Africa, BT GTM

From the desk of Steve Kelly: GTM in North America

GTM had a great experience at International Telecom Week (ITW) this year.  More members of our team attended than usual and our customers were happy to see us there in force.  I am proud of the positive feedback we received from our customers on the BT Global IP Exchange and I’d like to share some of it with you. If you’re considering IP interoperability providers, these comments may help you decide on BT.

At least half a dozen said we are the fastest large company to work with, especially with regard to network interconnect.  Some customers say they are reducing their existing supplier base in favour of sending more traffic via BT.  [Read more…]

Steve Kelly, General Manager Asia Pacific, North America, Middle East and Africa, BT GTM

From the desk of Steve Kelly: GTM in Asia Pacific

My colleague Rodrigo Donazzolo, head of IP interoperability for GTM in Asia Pacific, attended Carriers World and Mobile Backhaul Asia in Bangkok in March and Capacity China in April.  He reported that they shared several recurring themes: the challenges of large-scale implementations of carrier-grade VoIP interconnects; mobile data consumption growth and impact on the backhaul; and, the role of partnerships in enabling new services, increasing speed to market and reducing overall network costs.

On the topic of VoIP, these events showed that VoIP implementations are gathering pace.  Telecom operators increasingly use IP as the technology of choice to reduce cost, increase quality and ensure alignment with market developments. They demonstrate their growing commercial and technical understanding of IP/SIP technologies as they migrate away from legacy TDM.  [Read more…]

Steve Kelly, General Manager Asia Pacific, North America, Middle East and Africa, BT GTM

Africa: opportunities in an emerging market

Africa is evolving as a market for fixed network operators, mobile network operators and service providers. Global mobile data traffic is predicted to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015 (source: Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update). The Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region, which presents an unprecedented opportunity for wholesale providers.

What, however, is the best business model for operators to meet the needs of customers while creating a healthy return on investment (ROI)?  [Read more…]