Seventy companies join TM Forum as 5G opportunity impacts telecoms
Dec 3, 2019
London, UK — December 3, 2019 — TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, today announced that 70 companies have joined the Forum in recent months. These new companies have joined from around the globe, including from China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. and beyond.
On joining the Forum, VMware’s Honoré LaBourdette, Vice President, Global Market and Business Development, Telco and Edge Cloud Business Unit, said, “CSPs around the world are working with VMware to accelerate new service delivery, reduce operational costs, and modernize IT. The transition to 5G and edge computing is creating exciting opportunities for our industry, but with this opportunity comes challenges that will require collective problem solving. We’re thrilled to join the TM Forum community and continue collaborating with our ecosystem partners and operators to build cloud-based networks for the next generation of services and applications.”
Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, joined TM Forum because of the value membership provides especially when it comes to federation, according to Herbert Blum, Global Head of Telecommunications Practice. “Remaining competitive for the next decade requires us to rethink the role of providers in the market, making connectivity-as-a-service a reality, and federating our capabilities to collaborate and compete with global hyper-scalers,” he said. “Making this happen is very challenging, but the TM Forum has the ability to change that up by providing a safe, collaborative environment where everyone benefits –increasing our value and the value we provide to our customers. This is why we participate in TM Forum.”
Another new member, R3, is an enterprise blockchain software firm working with an ecosystem of more than 300 members and partners across multiple industries. “R3 is excited to have joined TM Forum to collaborate with leading service providers driving digital transformation efforts through the development of Corda blockchain applications, such as through the Catalyst initiatives,” said Thomas Spencer, Director of Business Development, Telecom Lead, R3.
Skytel is a traditional mobile network and IPTV operator that has just started its journey toward becoming a digital operator. Narantuya Dash, CEO, Skytel Group Mongolia, says, “Our TM Forum membership gives us an opportunity to learn from the knowledge and practical experiences of industry peers and experts. We have already started utilizing some of the Forum’s tools and frameworks, such as the Digital Maturity Model.”
Welcoming the new members to the Forum, Nik Willetts, CEO, TM Forum, said, “As the challenges of successfully monetizing 5G, AI and IoT set in, the communications industry and B2B customers are challenged with transforming their operating model and supporting IT to meet the demands of the digital economy.” He added, “Each new TM Forum member adds to the wealth of knowledge and strengthens our efforts. It’s now more important than ever for our industry to collaborate to compete, transform to create open digital ecosystems and unlock growth, and help to address the most pressing issues facing humanity.”
The newest TM Forum members are:
1&1 Versatel GmbH, Germany
Alepo USA, U.S.
Asiainfo International (H.K.) Ltd., China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Bain & Company, Inc., Germany
Beijing Qcubic Tech Co. Ltd., China
Beijing Tianyuan DIC Information Technology Co. Ltd., China
Biplus Vietnam Software Solution JSC, Vietnam
BMC Software, Inc., U.S.
Cellwize Wireless Technologies Ltd., Israel
Colt Technology Services, U.K.
Dataspark Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Deviare, South Africa
DNA Plc., Finland
Embrix, Inc., U.S.
Etihad Etisalat Mobily, Saudi Arabia
Etisalat UAE, United Arab Emirates
EverestIMS Technologies, India
Extended Systems Inc., U.S.
Fujian Newland Software Engineering Co., Ltd., China
Futurewei Technologies, Inc., U.S.
Inceptum d.o.o. za usluge, Croatia
IoT Lab, Switzerland
ITEA Technologies, LLC, U.S.
LE SAVOIR-FAIRE ITIL, Cameroon
LogiSense Corp., Canada
M1 Ltd., Singapore
Mariner Partners, Canada
Millicom International Cellular S.A., Luxembourg
Minima Global, U.K.
New Zealand Government, New Zealand
Panorama Software (Europe) Ltd., U.K.
Passionate About OSS, Australia
Rosen Consulting KG, Austria
Seacom Ltd., Mauritius
SES Astra S.A., Luxembourg
St. Petersburg College, U.S.
TalkTalk Group, U.K.
TDS Telecommunications LLC, U.S.
TelcoVas Solutions and Services Ltd., United Arab Emirates
Telecom Namibia Ltd., Namibia
Telenor Myanmar Ltd., Myanmar
Total Access Communication Public Co. Ltd., Thailand
Unico Computer Systems, Australia
Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Indonesia
University of Applied Sciences Konstanz, Germany
Valo Networks, Canada
Vector Communications Ltd., New Zealand
Vertical Systems Group, U.S.
Veschatel LLC Russia
VETRO FiberMap, U.S.
VMware, Inc., U.S.
Vodafone Ukraine, Ukraine
Wavenet International (PVT) Ltd., Sri Lanka
Webcircles BV, Netherlands
Zhongguancun Sifang Model Service Industry Technology Strategic Alliance, China
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