This episode of Telco in 20 is destined to be a listener favorite. You’re about to get a behind-the-scenes look at a bonafide, digital-transformation success story – Zain Group’s launch of Yaqoot, a digital mobile operator in the Middle East.
I’m always preaching that using the public cloud requires a new mindset. It’s not about running workloads in different locations; it’s about taking a completely fresh approach to building and managing software. If you do a great job, you can get results you never thought possible. The proof is in the Yaqoot. It shows that telcos can focus on customers, save a ton of money, AND achieve massive growth.
Our guest, Juha Korhonen, was instrumental in getting Yaqoot off the ground, and he’s here to tell us how he did it. Listen to our conversation to hear about:
- The advantage of starting with a blank sheet of paper [3:18];
- The approaches to transformation Juha’s team considered, and which one they chose [4:56];
- How Yaqoot turned telcos’ biggest cost drivers – sales commissions, customer care, IT management – upside down [7:43];
- The project’s shocking effect on subscriber growth and the bottom line [20:15];
- Juha’s advice for other telcos trying to turn their ship [22:56].
Yaqoot has a great story and I want to hear more just like it. If you’re a telco exec driving transformational change, I want you on the podcast! Reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn, or set up a time to meet with me in CLOUD CITY at MWC21 in Barcelona.
I’m also thrilled to announce that Telco in 20 has been included in Forrester’s 2021 list of the Top 100 Channel Podcasts. In our first year! What an honor. Help us spread the word.
this week’s guest
Juha Korhonen is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. He built, launched, and operated Zain Group’s fully digital operator Yaqoot in 2020. He has held several C-level roles, including Group Director of Digital and Innovation with Zain Group, as well as Chief Commercial Officer for Zain Saudi Arabia and Wataniya Telecom in Kuwait. Juha started his career in Europe with Telecom Finland and moved to the US to lead its mobile startup, Zed. Juha is from Flemington, NJ, is married, and has three children.
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Links and Resources
- Learn more about transformational leadership by listening to Episode 1 with Jim Abolt – it’s a classic!
- A big part of transformational change has to do with your people. I talked with Jim Abolt about workforce transformation strategies in Episode 7 – how big change affects the people in your organization. Listen to it again!
- You can totally build a digital brand, too. Check out this article from McKinsey & Company about the value of a smart digital-attacker strategy for operators seeking transformation, or this one, or this one.
- Check out this case study about how OMD & Yaqoot use Adjust to lower CPA
- Get ready for the move to the public cloud by changing your state of mind by listening to Scorpions’ Winds of Change, Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind, Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World or Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down (I know I won’t!).
- Yaqoot means “ruby” in Arabic. Learn more about Zain Group’s digital brand by visiting the Yaqoot website.
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