#0418: Architecture driving future business
Expørt: Terje Jensen
Head of Network Architecture
fra Telenor Group
Med lørner Silvija Seres
How do you convert the technical trends and business opportunities into tangible action plans? And in what ways are Norway’s world a leading nation when it comes to network technology? In this episode of LØRN Silvija talks to Terje Jensen, Head of Network Architecture in Telenor Group, about global leadership and how architecture is driving future business.
Noen kjappe med ekspørt Terje Jensen
Utdanning og hobby?
Ph.D, Master of Engineering, outdoor activities
Hvem er du, og hvordan ble du interessert i teknologi?
I have been working for more than 3 decades in Telenor in various roles including testing, operation, strategy and research. Technology comes from the interest to create solutions that can be proven to work, which solves someone’s problems.
Hva er det viktigste dere gjør på jobben?
As architects we bridge our business strategy into specific solutions and time lines for how we can achieve these ambitions, such as how to achieve the business growth, the efficiency improvements, the flexibility, etc.
Hva fokuserer du på innen teknologi?
We are looking after the main network areas such as base stations, fibre, IP routers, cloud, mobile core etc. These days, it is quite a lot of work related to introducing 5G and cloud platform.
Hvorfor er det spennende?
There are quite a lot of new technical solutions and business opportunities these days, such as related to 5G. This raises the bare on keeping up to date regarding the options and which choices to make in order to be able to address the future business. There are also several potential partners, international bodies and other parties where these are addressed, further fueling the excitement within the industry.
Hva synes du er de mest interessante kontroverser?
Tradeoffs have to be made regarding balancing “future-proofness”, flexibility and simplicity versus the historic compatibility. Placing heavy weight on the latter commonly comes with added complexity. Hence, there is an on-going need to balance the overall business ambitions. Then, it also a question on the risk and reward on moving fast and take the learnings, versus waiting for others to have solved the early issues.
Dine egne relevante prosjekter siste året?
During the last year we have scaled up a global team with participants from all Telenor countries. This is then the global network architect team. There represent a change in the way of work to re-use the best competency and drive for Telenor standards.
Dine andre favoritt eksempler på din type teknologi internasjonalt og nasjonalt?
There are great initiatives from around the world, such as the recent launch of 5G in South Korea, now having more than 1 million users after 2 months. There are also interesting initiatives coming from open systems such as new operator in Japan and several open source communities. Therefore, we are staying in contact with several other parties and engaging in selected international bodies.
Hva tror du er relevant kunnskap for fremtiden?
Basic telecommunication knowledge would be essential to understand and further develop the systems as well as knowing how the systems can be used for solve customers’ problems. Thereby, having the ability to relate the technical knowledge with the business opportunities with also be important. As a company we have defined the ambition to deliver personalized service experiences as well as providing solutions that improves citizens’ welfare. There are also asking for several technical improvements such as analytics, real-time delivery, and so forth. Then, we also have the more traditional disciplines such as traffic and capacity dimensioning and security that will steadily be in demand.
Hva gjør vi unikt godt i Norge av dette?
Norway, even being one of the smaller countries, is among the leading technology societies. This is partly to do demand for the newest technologies, such as smartphones, but also the cost of living that asks for automation of several the basic tasks in our society. Then Norway has a tradition for allowing individual thinkers and explorers that look into specific issues to come up with technical solutions.
Et favoritt fremtidssitat?
Louis Pasteur: “Chance favors the prepared mind”
Viktigste poeng fra vår samtale?
Translate the technical trends and business opportunities into action plans – start, learn and adapt.
Dette lørner du:
History of Telenor
Though Norway isn’t a big country, it’s among the most digitalized societies in the world. Partly due to our demand for the latest technologies, combined with our ability and willingness to pay for it.
Dette er Telenor Group
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