Ep 93 – The NETWORK will be the reason telcos move to the public cloud

This week’s guest

Juha Korhonen

Senior Telecom Executive & Transformation Leader

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since CLOUD CITY stole the show at MWC 2021 and I boldly proclaimed the dawn of the public cloud era in telecom. It’s amazing how far the industry has come in its public cloud journey since then.

Juha Korhonen, a forward-thinking telco transformation leader, recognized the potential of the public cloud back then. At the time he was the head of innovation and digital services at Zain Group, where he was instrumental in launching Yaqoot, a digital mobile brand in Saudi Arabia. Since then, he has done a tour at Gartner as a senior advisor in BSS. I’ve invited Juha back to talk about where CSPs are today, how BSS and OSS are evolving, and the transformative power of AI across telco operations. Listen now to hear:

  • Telcos’ public cloud adoption trends across the globe [01:48];
  • Signs that telecoms are growing more comfortable using the public cloud [04:31], and even ready to think about moving network workloads [08:40]; 
  • The need for BSS and OSS to converge to deliver 5G monetization opportunities [11:07]; and
  • How AI can solve some of the industry’s biggest challenges [13:44].

Links and resources

Wanna talk public cloud? Telco execs, set up a meeting with our team to learn how to tap the immense business value it can bring. Or better yet, come find me at TM Forum’s DTW-Ignite in Copenhagen on June 18 – 20. Send me a DM on Linkedin or X @TelcoDR and we can set up a time to meet. Team Totogi will be in the AWS stand as a Featured Partner, so stop by to catch a demo of Totogi’s BSS Magic.

Guest bio

Juha Korhonen is a telecom industry veteran. In his 25+ years of industry experience, he has held C-level roles, including group director of digital and innovation with Zain Group, and chief commercial officer for Zain Saudi Arabia and Wataniya Telecom in Kuwait. Lately, Juha worked as senior director, advisor at Gartner. Juha started his career in Europe with Telecom Finland and moved to the US to lead its mobile startup Zed. He has led reimagine and reinvention efforts at traditional operators. He built, launched, and operated a fully digital operator B-Brand called Yaqoot in 2020. Juha lives in the state of New Jersey in the USA, and he is married with three children.

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