Elephant Talk Communications Appoints Vodafone Veteran Dr. Armin G. Hessler and Martin Zuurbier as Co-President
NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK) ("Elephant Talk" or the "Company"), a global provider of Software Defined Network Architecture (ET Software DNA® 2.0) platforms and cyber security solutions, today announced the appointment of Dr. Armin G. Hessler and Martin Zuurbier, the current CTO of Elephant Talk, as co-Presidents of its mobile platform business effective on April 1, 2015. Both will report to Mr. Steven van der Velden, Chairman and CEO.
Dr. Armin Hessler will join the Company from Vodafone Group Plc., where he currently serves as Head of Global Data Center Management and Service Excellence. Dr. Hessler has a commercial background of over 20 years in the telecommunications and IT industries at firms including Vodafone, Mannesmann AG, AT&T-Unisource and Telefonica de Espana. As co-President of the Elephant Talk mobile platform business, he will be responsible for Software Development, Business (Change) Management and Operations. Martin Zuurbier, who will continue in his role as CTO, has been instrumental in developing the Company's virtualized Software DNA® 2.0 platform. He will assume the added responsibilities for Sales, Innovation & Technology and Vendor Management.
"I am excited to be working with Martin to advance one of the world's leading innovators of cloud-based mobile platforms, while capitalizing on the global demand for our solutions. In a world of Network Function Virtualization and convergence of IT and networks, we see a great opportunity to use software virtualization to help simplify the mobile operator's infrastructure and cost structure," stated Mr. Armin Hessler.
AT&T is the second-largest carrier with nearly 117 million subscribers. Vodaphone has over 320 million SIMMS. Don't know if that's an apples-to-apples comparison but I would assume they are larger. A great % of their diverse network is also in need of some upgrades so business is there to be had at Vodaphone and I like ETAK's chances considering the extensive IT collaboration that's been undertaken between the 2 companies over the last 3 years. LOWI is Vodaphone's new MVNO platform to compete against the low cost MVNO's and MNO's stealing their business. Read an article recently about Verizon doing the same thing. This will start in Spain but IMHO will not end there. Way too much chatter about moving forward with Iusacell/AT&T to not think it's true (obviously not definitive until we see additional SIMMS or word from ETAK). Still waiting for proof of concept with HP (new contract). Very interesting GOOG starting up their own MVNO this morning, nice feather in the cap of whatever MVNE is chosen for that business. Looks like we've had a 4-6 month delay (SEP-FEB15) in our business plan that sure seems MOSTLY external to me (SVV and team are definitely not perfect). Good luck to all longs