TM Forum claims another 66 companies as Telecoms industry continues move to digital openness

Via TM Forum Press & News

Aug 5, 2020

### Equinix, Mavenir, MDS Global, Optiva, SoftBank and Telecom Egypt among the newest companies to join industry association committed to helping its members transform to enable cloud-native, software-based networks that unlock growth

London, UK — August 5, 2020 — TM Forumtoday announced that 66 companies have joined the Forum in recent months. These new members have joined from around the globe including from China, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, U.K., U.S. and beyond.

Adel Hamed, Telecom Egypt’s Managing Director and Chief Executive OfficerBecoming a member of TM Forum was important to Telecom Egypt according to Adel Hamed, Telecom Egypt’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, because “Investing in digitalization is essential to reinforce and enable the digital innovations that are transforming and leading the development of global economies today,” he said. “Headquartered in a country strategically located at the heart of the globe, Telecom Egypt is able to capitalize on and expand its robust national and international network infrastructure, fortify its connections to tier-one international partners, and enhance its technological capabilities by building advanced data center facilities to best serve its global customers. In light of our aspirations to transform Egypt into a digital hub and position ourselves as an internationally acclaimed digital operator, we are delighted to become a member of the TM Forum community that drives global digital transformation and ensures having a positive impact on business and society.”

Shay Assaraf, Chief Marketing Officer, Optiva Another new member, Optiva is “thrilled” to join the TM Forum, according to Shay Assaraf, Chief Marketing Officer. “Optiva brings to the market re-architected cloud-native OSS/BSS products available as SaaS and on the public cloud. By being a member, collaborating with the TM Forum community and contributing to TM Forum’s Open APIs and Open Digital Architecture, we expedite the adoption of productization, cloud-native and public cloud technologies, helping our industry tap into innovative technology and applications.”

Stephen Randall, Chief Technology Officer at MDS GlobalStephen Randall, Chief Technology Officer at MDS Global, said MDS Global joined TM Forum as “Communication and data service providers across the world are considering how they will monetize 5G.” He added, “We are entering an era of co-creation between service providers and enterprises in which they will work together to curate dedicated and personalized services and use cases. Co-creation will drive major cultural, technical and commercial change within their businesses. As a leader in enterprise monetization solutions, we believe our collaboration with the TM Forum will deliver new value not just to our customers but to the community as a whole as we enter this exciting and challenging period of new growth.”

Welcoming the new members to the Forum, Nik Willetts, CEO, TM Forum, said, “As we begin to adjust to the ‘next normal’, our members are working diligently to address challenges around the long-term impact on people and ways of working; practical ways to accelerate transformation projects; and what truly needs to change to enable innovation and growth – with a focus on future design of network and IT teams.” He added, “The work our members are doing is critical to delivering the agility, experience and cost base required for our industry to thrive.”

View TM Forum’s member directory here. Learn more about membership by contacting Arek Hojnik via email at [email protected] .

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