Total Telecom – The ever-changing role of the CTO

“The role of the CTO has changed dramatically over the last decade. The main reason for this change is that operators’ businesses have now entered a phase whereby revenues have stopped growing while at the same time there is a need for continued investments in networks, thanks to strong user demand for consuming more data,” said WCA judge and CEO of Northstream, Bengt Nordstrom.

“This combination puts very high demands on the CTO to build out more network capacity with a flat or shrinking capital expenditure budget. At the same time, today’s CTOs must evolve their networks to capitalize on the commercial and operational opportunities created by new technology developments like cloud, virtualization and SDN.”

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