Ep 81 – Best of 2023: The cloud-first mindset, with Mobi CEO Justen Burdette

This week’s guest

Justen Burdette

Chief Executive Officer Mobi

It’s time to announce our top episode of 2023! It’s been an incredible journey for the Telco in 20 podcast—now clocking in with well over 100,000 total listens. We’ve had some great guests this year, like Mats Granryd from the GSMA, McKinsey & Company Partner Ferry Grijpink, and Microsoft’s Rick Lievano. 

There were tons of popular episodes, which made it a race to the finish line to name our Best of 2023. In the end, none topped my conversation with Mobi CEO Justen Burdette. He joined me in April to talk about the Hawaiian MVNO’s public-cloud-native mobile core, its collaboration with Working Group Two, and the benefits of embracing the public cloud. Listen now to hear:

  • What makes Mobi unique from traditional MVNOs [3:51]; 
  • How having its own mobile core benefits its customers [08:03];
  • Why having a cloud-first mindset changes the game [12:25]; and
  • What makes Working Group Two’s APIs so powerful [14:59]. 

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.

Guest bio

Justen Burdette serves as the chief executive officer for Mobi, the regional wireless provider for Hawaiʻi. He previously served as vice president for product at Tucows, where he helped lead the growth of its Ting Mobile wireless brand to over $90 million in annual revenue before its acquisition by Dish (Nasdaq: DISH), at the time making it the fifth largest independent MVNO in the country including its Ting IoT business. He also led the launch of its Ting Internet fiber-to-the-home ISP in several regional markets, and helped manage the development of its in-house CRM, BSS, and OSS platform, which has since become a standalone SaaS startup, Wavelo.

Follow DR

The Telco in 20 podcast won 2023 and 2022 MarCom Awards, a 2022 Hermes Award, and was recognized as a Forrester Top 100 Channel Podcast and Feedspot Top 10 Telecom Podcast.  If you enjoy the podcast, would you leave us a short review? It takes seconds to do in your app and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. And I love reading your feedback and reviews!

Podcast credits

  • Executive Producer and Host: Danielle Rios Royston, TelcoDR
  • Senior Producer: Lindsay Grubb, TillCo Media
  • Editor/Marketing: Alisa Jenkins, Springboard Marketing
  • Editing: Andrew Condell
  • Associate Producer: Kriselda Dionisio
  • Music: Dyami Wilson

Most popular podcasts

  1. Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA, talks Open Gateway
  2. Marc Rouanne, EVP & Chief Network Office, DISH Wireless on rolling out a new, greenfield, 5G network.
  3. Peter Adderton, CEO of MobileX on a new MVNO approach.
  4. Ferry Grijpink, Partner, at McKinsey & Company talks about boosting ARPU through personalization.

Follow now

Get my FREE newsletter, delivered every two weeks, with curated content to help telco execs across the globe move to the public cloud.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Wanna talk public cloud?

Set up a meeting with our team to learn how to tap the immense business value it can bring.

More episodes from Telco in 20