Ep 20 – The paradox of the public cloud

WE. DID. IT. As this podcast is hitting the feed, we’re about to take a victory lap after an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing Mobile World Congress 2021 (MWC21). Most of you know that in early March, I took over Ericsson’s 6,000 square meter booth at the event and created CLOUD CITY – a huge hub for all things public cloud. (If this is news to you, go check out episode 16, #SaveMWC). CLOUD CITY was an outta-the-park home run. In less than three months, we designed and delivered an unforgettable experience for both in-person and virtual attendees.

MWC asked me to deliver a keynote during the show, which I’ve turned into this podcast episode. The topic is the paradox of the public cloud for the telecom industry – the cloud presents massive opportunities for telcos, but it’s not completely risk-free. But it’s coming to telco, and telco leaders need to deal with it. Burying your head in the sand is NOT an option.

A few things you’ll find in this episode:

  • I call myself the Elon Musk of telco and compare myself to Steve Jobs in the keynote, but hey, I’m not known for my modesty [2:30];
  • How and why the telecom industry is poised to be the big winner in our post-pandemic workworld [6:22]; 
  • What Rakuten, Vodafone, and DISH understand about the public cloud that most don’t [8:57];  
  • Why telco industry software needs to be completely rewritten for the public cloud [11:43]; 
  • How the chore of collecting identity information is really the foundation for a HUGE strategic advantage [12:55]; and
  • Why it’s time to start riding dragons.

Here’s the bottom line: the public cloud is coming to telco. It’s time to go ALL IN, use the public cloud the right way, and revitalize your telco. Let’s do it.

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