Ep 65 – The new guard in telco tech

This week’s guest

Erlend Prestgard

CEO and co-founder Working Group Two

Forward thinking, innovative companies are using the public cloud to deliver easy-to-use telco software that reduces costs and speeds deployments.

Today’s guest, Erlend Prestgard, is the CEO and co-founder of one of these visionary businesses, Working Group Two. His team has built a multi-tenant, public-cloud-native, mobile core running on AWS—something naysayers have said today’s tech couldn’t support. Click play to hear our conversation about:

  • Why building a mobile core network on AWS is revolutionary [03:03]; 
  • What business value it delivers [04:11]; 
  • How the telco industry is responding, and the outdated perceptions some leaders are still hanging onto [11:34]; and
  • The most important lessons Working Group Two has learned about the best ways for telcos to get to the public cloud [15:18].

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Author’s bio

Erlend Prestgard is CEO and co-founder at Working Group Two. He has worked at the intersection of business development and technology with telecom operators, internet companies, and industry advisors. Before leading and co-founding Working Group Two, Erlend worked with the Telenor Group, Aspiro (including the music service now named Tidal), McKinsey & Company, and UBS Investment Bank. He is on a mission to radically enhance innovation in the mobile industry.

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