GCI appoints ex-Microsoft veteran Patrick De Smedt as Non-Executive Chairman

Microsoft long-timer Patrick De Smedt (pictured) has joined GCI as Non-Executive Chairman in a move that sees current Chairman Wayne Martin step down from the role but remain on the GCI board. De Smedt spent 23 years with Microsoft which he joined in 1983 when it had just 200 employees.

Entanet sharpens focus on CSR activities

Businesses wanting to ramp up and formalise their charity and CSR activities should follow Entanet's lead, according to CEO Elsa Chen who says the formation of a new 13-strong inter-company CSR committee structures and catalyses the process of developing and coordinating fund raising initiatives.

Comms Dealer Update

Why it’s time to make gender diversity a top priority

The proportion of male to female leaders in the comms sector screams of an alarming gender imbalance that can only impede the industry's progress and prospects, according to a frank debate on the issue last month (hosted by 9 Group in association with Comms Dealer) that aimed to reset the gender diversity agenda.

Company Profile

Xelion’s UK cloud adventure flourishes

Xelion is clearly on to something: Its UK channel champion, the bold and adventurous Managing Director for the region Dave Reynolds, has defied the odds and, as if racing the clock, established a fast rising disruptive force in his homeland cloud comms market.

Business Interview

Openreach thrives on independent stage

No sooner was Openreach structurally separated from BT Group than a move arose to galvanise and reinforce its independence spearheaded by leaders with real power, including Katie Milligan, Managing Director, Customer, Commercial and Propositions.

Sponsored Content

NSN partner bonanza

At the inaugural NSN Awards event at ‘The NSN Arms’ last month Channel Director Ryan Kersey delivered an inspirational speech to an audience of partners and suppliers.

Market Review

Corporate activity spiced up by variety

Philip Carse, Analyst at Megabuyte.com, reports on the trading performance of leading companies in the comms space during the last quarter.

Business in Focus

US giant Edgewater Networks targets Europe

Edgewater Networks is bidding to become a major European player in the UC market as demand for Network Edge Orchestration booms, according to CEO David Norman.

Company in Focus

Connectivity status quo challenged

There is now no doubt as to what Entanet CEO Elsa Chen stands for following the wholesale service provider's acquisition by CityFibre, as she deftly forges a challenger brand while remaining true to long held core values, services and partnerships.

Case Study

Contact centre technology - an agent of transformation

Overworked and bamboozled contact centre agents saddled with legacy technology could be forgiven for wanting to run to the hills after a torrid time handling the daily swamp of incoming contacts.

Business Profile

Wrennall’s digitalisation campaign in full Advance

Former China White rock band member Jon Wrennall switched keyboards in the late 1980s when he embarked on a chart topping career in IT. Right now, the much celebrated CTO is currently ‘on tour' spearheading Datchet-headquartered Advanced and the UK's bid to become lead players on the world's digital transformation stage.

News Feature

Fully charged up for wireless business

Intel-backed foundational wireless charging solution provider Chargifi is a prime mover in the emerging wireless charging sector, and partnerships in the ICT channel are key to its expansion strategy in the UK and Europe, explains co-founder and CEO Dan Bladen.

Recruitment Focus

Why future recruitment will be all about data

OK, I’ve got to say GDPR, but I’m not here to sell expensive consultancy to bring back all those dreadful memories of BS5750 and Y2K, writes Clive Jefferys of telecoms recruiter JMA Network.

News Interview

Gamma CEO Bob Falconer poised to step down

Gamma CEO Bob Falconer is stepping down following a stellar career in which his achievements are universally accepted as beyond admiral and equal only to his passion for the channel and dedication to partners.


Special Feature

Solving the ever complex connectivity equation

With a complex array of high bandwidth Ethernet, G.fast, FTTP, SD WAN and more besides, all made more complex by variations in cost, capabilities and coverage, how can we do the maths and provide customers with the connectivity they need without confusing them and ourselves?