Q&A

Q&A: Tero Pesonen, chair of TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group and vice-chair of TCCA’s Board

20 December 2022

Who was your hero growing up?

I was brought up to respect integrity, people devoted to their values, but also to admire people who were innovative and prepared to think out of the box. However, it seemed right not to idolise individuals, but to recognise the importance of cooperation.

What was your big career break?

I am curious and interested all kinds of fields ranging from history, social sciences, linguistics etc., but technology innovations have always had a special spark. ICT was taking giant leaps and I wanted to be part of it. I applied to do my military service in signalling with digital systems and went to study related fields in the university. An opportunity to write my master’s thesis on TETRA opened back in 1997, when my semester break time superior in Nokia moved to the Nokia PMR unit. It felt like a great combination of being allowed to work with leading edge technology and at the same time make a real difference in contributing to the saving of lives around the world.

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DATA CENTRE SUSTAINABILITY

African data centre sustainability

16 December 2022

Data centres have become key to Africa’s mobile network operators, helping support the massive growth of data from voice and mobile, as well as emerging technologies like 5G and IoT. Amy Saunders discusses one of the most pressing considerations for those in the data centre world: sustainability

Data centres play a key role in our increasingly digital world, providing centralised locations for processing organisations IT operations and equipment to store, process and disseminate data.

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Q&A

Q&A Dr Junaid Syed senior vice president, engineering and operations, Curvalux

05 December 2022

Dr Junaid Syed
senior vice president, engineering
and operations, Curvalux

Dr Junaid Syed
senior vice president, engineering
and operations, Curvalux

What was your big career break?

My first career break came thanks to a so-called ‘failure.’

I was training to become a pilot as part of my first degree in aero sciences, when I had a realisation; the world of academia was my strong suit, the cockpit, well, a little less so. Flying was not the right profession for me. I recognised this ‘failure’ as constructive feedback and changed my path.

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THE LAST WORD

Q&A Alastair Williamson, CEO, Wyld Networks

12 October 2022

Who was your hero when you were growing up?
If it is OK, I would like to have two heroes. The first is the England all-round cricketer and legend, Lord Botham (Ian Botham). My family was a cricketing family and we all played, even my mum and siblings, so we spent a lot of time watching county and international cricket. In Test cricket, he scored 14 centuries, took five wickets in an innings 27 times, and 10 wickets in a match four times.

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