As CIO and CTO of Swisscom, Heinz Herren sets the service and ICT provider's technology direction and oversees its deployment and continued operation.
In April, Swisscom launched a new IP core network, deploying a new architecture for a transport network that will run separately from the provider's services and products. The goal is to reduce complexity in order to attain higher availability, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Separating the transport network also empowers Swisscom to make adjustments faster and independently of other business units.
As both chief technology and chief information officer of Swisscom, Heinz Herren played a key role in selecting and working with partner Huawei on the design and deployment. Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana recently interviewed Herren about the deployment and life wearing two technology-leadership hats at a valued at $23.9 billion, ranked 561 on the Forbes 2000.
Herren is also the first executive to be profiled in our debut C-suite feature, which will include Q&As with leaders on topics related to cable, telecom, regulatory issues and other subjects covered in BBWN. Click on the first image for this short slideshow.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
After NTIA asked for public comments on map improvements in October 2018, the FCC decommissioned the agency's broadband map in early December but did not say whether it will use any of the public's great ideas on its own (largely panned) map.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!