Telecom Career: Reliance Comm expands role of GCX CEO

Staff writer

GCX CEO Bill Barney to oversee RCom’s enterprise, IDC and NLD business in India

Reliance Communications has expanded the role of Bill Barney, currently CEO of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), to also oversee the group’s enterprise, IDC and national long distance (NLD) operations in India, while continuing as chairman and CEO of GCX.

Deepak Khanna will continue to manage the Enterprise and IDC business in India, under Barney’s overall leadership.

Barney joined RCom a year ago as CEO of Reliance Globalcom, which was rebranded as Global Cloud Xchange in March 2014. He has led GCX in a successful debut in the international capital markets, as well as launched Cloud X, a new high performance enterprise-class platform which delivers applications and content across the company’s privately owned global fiber optic network.

Barney will continue to operate out of Hong Kong and Mumbai.

The appointment comes as RCom announced a strategic internal realignment of its business units to better serve diverse needs of its enterprise customer base in India and overseas

“Over the past year, Bill has demonstrated leadership and innovation in bringing our international business to a new stage of growth and expansion,” said Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, group managing director, Reliance Group. “We are confident that in his expanded role, Bill will accelerate our growth in the entire Enterprise and IDC space, both in India and overseas.”

Warid Telecom names Farid Ahmad chief strategy officer

Pakistani mobile operator Warid Telecom has appointed Farid Ahmad as its new chief strategy officer.

In his new role, Ahmad will be primarily responsible for overall corporate strategy, pricing & segments, business intelligence & analysis, international business and new business revenue streams/projects.

Ahmad has over 20 years of experience working in telecom, IT and fertilizer companies.

Prior to joining Warid, Ahmad was serving Telenor as director marketing.



5G and data center-friendly network architectures

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Matt Walker / MTN Consulting

Webscale and transmission network operators' interests are aligning as the 5G era dawns

Rémy Pascal / Analysys Mason

The launch of 5G by South Korean operators serves as a first benchmark for other operators around the world