When did you specialize in networking and why?
I entered the world of telecommunications in 1999, and it has been an exciting ride. I had the chance to be involved in the development of various products used for networking and access, for example MPLS-TP, ADSL2, and FTTH. This gave me the chance to work closely with telco operators as well as large Enterprise customers building their own private networks.
I have experienced and embraced the development of the technologies that keep us connected and also seen how it has changed our lives. In the last 10 years, the possibilities in telecommunications have exploded – and I only expect them to develop faster and faster. The only constant is change. Because I am also a technology fan, the rapid pace of technologies in this market has kept things super interesting.
Why have I stayed a fan? I just think it is an exciting time to be in the telco world, there is something new everyday, and as far as I can see, it is not about to stop, rather it is just starting.
What fascinates you personally about networking possibilities and evolution?
At the moment the range of new technologies available and their development is truly exciting: the decentralization of services to the cloud, software defined networks, and the dramatic increase of technologies that will bring ultra-high speed of connectivity to end users, plus the increasing role of wireless. They will change the way we work, live and enjoy ourselves.
What does it mean for the Sunrise customers? What keeps you occupied at the moment?
At the moment we are in a process of transformation that is critical to keep providing to our customers leading edge technology and best of breed products. We have enlarged our product portfolio with cloud-based services and managed services, which are also integrated, into our processes, and this integration will provide customers with a much faster and much agile way to interact with Sunrise. In addition, SDWAN based services become available as an option to our customers.
We are also leveraging the best mobile network in Switzerland to create new and innovative solutions and creating complementary services for our customers.
What is your vision of the future as far as Connectivity is concerned? Where is it going? What comes after the Cloud?
Cloud based services are already here, and they are here to stay; many more services will migrate to the Cloud. Where do we go from here? Clearly wireless connectivity will become an increasingly important element in the set of options for connectivity. Fiber will continue to be squeezed and more bandwidth will become available to end user. This will enable services like virtual reality, hologram based services, Ultra High definition TV, real time augmented reality, and others still being developed.
But, speed is not all. What will benefit the customers the most in the future will be to have a network that is fully flexible and which automatically adapts to the real time needs of the customers. A network where the customer can decide speed, priorities, and services in real time; and even better, a network that will adapt automatically to customer needs.