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PCCW Global CEO delivers keynote speech at MEF19 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 11:57


Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with PCCW Global CEO, Marc Halbfinger at MEF19 following his keynote address.

In a brilliant interview, Halbfinger discusses why he believes MEF is worth participating in and encourages those not yet engaged to get involved.

First and Foremost, can you tell us about PCCW Global’s PoC demonstrated at MEF19?

PCCW Global, Tata Communications, TI Sparkle and Colt are working with technology vendors Accedian, Amartus and Clear on a blockchain proof of concept (PoC)  for on-demand services. The PoC is to demonstrate blockchain’s ability to deliver on-demand services across multiple geographies while ensuring the immutability of data shared between the mobile service providers. It is focused on interoperability of networks to enable participants to have a secure and real-time view of the shared services rendered to a customer.
During your Keynote Address at MEF19, you said that there is a “Critical Purpose in Investing in the MEF Environment”. Why do you think this is?

MEF is an excellent platform that brings together service providers from fixed and mobile networks, cloud-platforms, vendors, from the hardware and software side, and allows all these entities to meet together to determine common frameworks and standards. During my presentation I encouraged MEF, both the management and contributors from various companies, to globally engage in establishing a more commonly acceptable model framework to facilitate interoperability, both at the technological level and also at a commercial level, in a manner that would facilitate greater automation as the business becomes more complex and dynamic. Similarly, I encourage those who are not yet involved to do so. It is at an event like this that thought leaders come together to see the progress being made and get ideas for the future.

PCCW Global won four industry awards at two seperate London events recently. What do you think sets your apart from other ICT players?

We collected awards in various areas. At the Global Carrier Awards, PCCW Global was announced as the winner of three awards, namely Best Asian Project, Best Network Technology Innovation and Best CSR Initiative. At the 21st Annual World Communication Awards, PCCW Global was announced as the winner of Smart Cities Award. PCCW Global’s Software-Defined Interconnection® platform, Console Connect, was nominated for the GCA’s “Best Network Technology Innovation” award. Console Connect was developed in response to the need on the part of enterprises operating internationally for agile and secure connectivity that can be provisioned on-demand by the user.

Our WCA “Smart Cities Award” outlined how the company’s PCCW (Hengqin) Technology subsidiary is developing Hengqin, one of China’s Pilot Free Trade Zones, into a global business hub, positioning the region as one of the world’s leading Internet business environments, attracting foreign investment and supporting enterprise customers.

For the GCA’s “Best Asian Project” award, PCCW Global’s winning nomination focused on the International Civil Aviation Organization CRV, a specialized aeronautical network that has been built on top of the company’s high-speed and robust international IP network, with connections running on a diversified infrastructure supporting multiple aviation-specific applications.

You also won a fourth award for your efforts in providing emergency telecommunications
services for local and international disaster teams in Mozambique.

PCCW Global’s winning nomination for the GCA’s “Best CSR Initiative” highlighted the role the company’s team in Mozambique. We are very proud of this one, in particular. It was very challenging work in life-threatening conditions. Our team in Mozambique helped Télécoms Sans Frontières through cyclone Idai which hit at the beginning of the year. It caused dramatic devastation, loss of life and loss of  infrastructure. PCCW Global’s Mozambique team implemented a plan to re-establish communications. Whenever we can help people to communicate, I think we are following our main objective and mission. Our company culture is forged out of a global environment. We have a mix of nationalities, languages and ethnicities. The primary essence of our business is telecommunications. We are of the view that communications exist in order to help people. Whenever there is a breakdown of communications there is conflict. In a world full of tension, we see that it is necessary to keep going and do our bit to ensure people are communicating as effectively and efficiently as possible.