This note reviews the highs and lows in the telecom industry in 2019 and Strand Consult’s annual predictions which we’ve done for the last 19 years. Strand Consult has followed telecommunications industry for almost 25 years. 2019 was a year with much political and regulatory attention and a renewed appreciation for how the industry ensures the digital society that is ubiquitous, fast, safe, green, and inclusive.
Unfortunately 2019 was not the year which marked more milestones for women achieving leadership in the industry. Of the 25 board members of the global industry association GSMA, just three are women. Notably, two of the three are American. Moreover, the heads of most telecom regulatory authorities are men. Only the US has succeeded to deliver the first and only woman for the Director role at the International Telecommunications Union.
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Strand Consult , January 2, 2020