As anyone who knows me will tell you, I like to think I know a fair bit about this next-gen-comms malarkey, but there's nothing like an interview with one of the leading CEOs in the communications industry to make me realize how large the gaps in my knowledge base actually are.
That was certainly the case with the following interview with Rich McBee, CEO at Mitel.
I've known and written about Mitel as a provider of voice/PBX solutions for almost three decades (check out my latest head shot if you don't believe me).
So shame on me for totally missing the fact that, under Rich's leadership, the company has just been through a transformative shift from established olde worlde voice player ("can you hear me mother?") to leading provider of converged network solutions ("space, the final frontier").
Mitel's Rich McBee: Laughs in the face of the Cisco-Ericsson partnership
The pivotal moment in its metamorphosis was Mitel's acquisition of NFV virtualization pioneer Mavenir for over half a billion buckaroos in March of last year -- a purchase that has tipped the company right into the heart of the most exciting sector of the comms industry, and today puts it in a head-to-head competition with the largest companies in the world.
Far from being a disadvantage in those battles, the fact that Mitel has voice and enterprise know-how in its DNA for over four decades (it was founded in 1972), combined with the state-of-the-art Mavenir tech, places it in a unique position to win business against all comers.
Read on for Rich's genuinely insightful market commentary on converged communications -- in both enterprise and service provider networks, and fixed and mobile networks -- as well as to hear more about this company’s remarkable success story.
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