Rakuten Symphony Journey & Ecosystem Collaboration as a Key Enabler
For their next upgrade MNOs have a critical choice: stick with the legacy network approach – costly, proprietary, closed ecosystems – or choose a new one that is cloud-based, agile, open and automated.
This new open approach to building networks might look risky to some but sticking to the status quo could saddle MNOs with a network that is too expensive and rigid for the next generation of telco. As we move into the future, flexible and simplified service deployments, spurred on by a growing ecosystem of innovative vendors, are the key to success. In this session, hear from CMO Geoff Hollingworth on how Rakuten Symphony is charting a new path with partners such as Intel to help MNOs become more competitive and more profitable.
Geoff has been in the mobile communications industry for more than 30 years, beginning his career with Ericsson in 1991 and with 2G. Throughout his journey in telecom and cloud, he’s been a software engineer and led research and development, business development, network rollouts, consulting, marketing campaigns and strategic communications for his teams.
He has been embedded in AT&T, helping to catapult their Silicon Valley innovation initiatives and delivered the world’s first live global mobile sports channel with the Volvo Ocean Race Round the World Race.
Geoff also served as chief marketing officer for MobiledgeX, a startup founded by Deutsche Telekom, focusing on the mobile edge computing space.
At his core, Geoff is a software engineer with his First Class Honors bachelor’s degree in computing science. He received the computing science prize of excellence from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom, with his first experience at the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN) writing accelerator beam control software.
Geoff is currently based in Dallas, Texas.
Chief Marketing Officer, Rakuten Symphony