09 March 2018
Key industry figures identify which technology or service will drive the evolving wholesale landscape in the next five years
Ivan Mihaljevic, president, BCE NEXXIA, A Bell
Canada Company: Cloud services and emerging
technology such as 5G will continue to make significant impacts
in the wholesale telecom industry, both fuelling the demand for
greater bandwidth. Cloud services will drive increasing
bandwidth requirements, especially for data centre
interconnection and data intensive applications, requiring
extremely low latency, while 5G will require exponentially more
bandwidth to support the increased volume of connections
Katia Gonzalez Gutierrez, head of fraud prevention
operations and services, BICS: I believe that
the onset of the digital era will bring with it so many more
opportunities for evolution of our businesses.
Telecommunications is altering so that evermore elements of
day-to-day life and business are interconnected, we are going
to be challenged with more gateways to potential attacks.
Keri Gilder, VP & general manager,
Ciena: While continuing to innovate on high
bandwidth technology and services will remain important,
intelligent software controlled autonomous networks will drive
new levels of agility, network efficiency and a new suite of
on-demand services and business models aligned to
customer’s business needs.
Rajiv Datta, COO, Colt Technology
Services: The importance of connectivity to our
end customers is growing dramatically as the transition to the
cloud gathers momentum. High bandwidth connectivity that offers
agility and features aligned with this transition, such as
on-demand/software- defined capability will be drivers of the
market going forward.
Mardia van der Walt (Niehaus), SVP, International
Carrier Sales & Solutions, Deutsche Telekom
ICSS: 5G will be one of the keywords in the
coming years. It will meet the demand of industries like
Machine-to-Machine, E-health, Smart Metering etc. And I
strongly believe IoT will make big steps ahead and change
people’s way of living and working. It is the
wholesale industry challenge to find a way to enable all of
these technology trends.
Rob Coupland, managing director EMEA, Digital
Realty: As technologies like Blockchain and 5G
become more widely adopted and take hold, I think
we’ll start to see much more
distributed/disaggregated IT requirements.
Phillip Lawson-Shanks, chief architect & VP of
innovation, Edgeconnex: Open compute
infrastructure standards - like Open19, along with the next
generation of Internet Exchanges and Distributed Ledgers.
Server, storage and network platforms are converging and
Carl Roberts, CCO, Epsilon: The API
ecosystem is very exciting. APIs enable new platforms and
models to be created and global infrastructure to be used in
new ways. I see APIs driving innovation not just in wholesale
but in the entire ICT ecosystem.
Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA,
Equinix: Use of high performance computing for
personalised medical treatment will drive capacity requirements
that will far outstrip current forecasts.
Matthew Finnie, group CTO & EVP, cloud services,
Interoute: Digital Transformation –
driving modernisation and effective delivery to end users
– is as important to wholesale carriers as it is to
Michael Wheeler, EVP of global IP network business
unit, NTT Communications: We believe that
cybersecurity and OTT are at the same time challenges and
opportunities for the wholesale markets and will continue to
change the landscape in the next five years.
Pierre-Louis de Guillebon,, CEO, Orange
International Carriers: SDN-NFV! SDN will
digitalise our way to sell and manage our network and NFV will
change our way to design it.
Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global:
Blockchain-based settlement capabilities facilitating smart
contracts for virtualised components, and instances, in a
software-defined environment with more variable services driven
by new content forms in a world of ever-increasing
Alessandro Talotta, chairman & CEO,
Sparkle: Softwarisation and digitalisation of
the networks will drastically change our go-to-market as our
customers will enjoy operational control over the on-demand
capabilities we will offer them in an agile, assured,
virtualised and highly flexible environment
Martijn Blanken, group managing director & chief
customer officer, Telstra Enterprise: The
transformation of networks from simple pipes to a programmable
way of delivering services and capacity on an on-demand basis
is fundamentally changing the way we operate.
Stuart Evers, group CCO, Türk Telekom
International: I believe API will have a significant
effect as it will see wholesalers not just looking at building
infrastructure and routes which we have traditionally done, but
looking at the use, users and purpose of those routes, which in
many cases will alter the build criteria.
Dan Caruso, chairman & CEO, Zayo Group:
At the core of nearly all innovation is bandwidth, and fibre is
bandwidth’s enabling infrastructure. The creation,
storage, processing, and transport of data is improving our
health, safety, transportation, environment, education,
entertainment, and overall economy. Not only is this true
today, it will remain a truism for generations to