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Co Founder at Ventura
Richard Jones co-founded Ventura Team as a different kind of consultancy - employing only senior professionals (the average age is 47) with exceptional hands-on skills.
Richard's pragmatic approach to developing and then implementing strategies and operations with his colleagues has earned a strong reputation with operators facing tough challenges in the region and also with industry bodies such as the Fibre to the Home Council Europe. He supports, and also serves as Chairman of the Smart Cities - Apps and Ops Committe, for the FTTH Council MENA.
Richard Jones is a strategic consultant who has led cutting edges including the business case and strategy for the world’s first 1 Gbps everywhere FTTH incumbent network and a mini-NBN. He is Chairman of the FTTH Council MENA - Smart Cities Committee and the chairman of their annual conference.
He co-founded leading NGA telecom consultancy (Ventura Team LLP) - creating and improving telecoms operations - including strategy/planning for $10's of billion of investments, strategy for the first 'gigabit everywhere' incumbent operator, creation of a national broadband network and a major JV for FTTH with an electricity company.
He also invested in bootstrap our own operator in the Swedish market - ranked #4 globally for broadband service value, number 1 for open-access in Sweden and growing to 155,000 FTTH subs before sale to Telia.
He and the team are now taking the open access network management elements of the operation global – delivering what is believed to be the first Gigabit services for subscribers in the whole of Africa. Ventura Next is formed around a team that built the clear market leader in the Swedish open access market. We've been involved in fibre access networks since 1998!
Ventura Next is growing fast with experience in the team of creating/running 120+ open access networks across 45 cities and soon to be across four continents.
Uniquely, we invest in the active layer and therefore are committed to making the network a success over its lifetime (compared to companies that would prefer to take the money and run).
Our commercial team works alongside clients to set up relationships with service providers and drive penetration and revenues. We work exceptionally hard so that we succeed together.
We know what works and what doesn't in real deployments (not vendor claims) and our solution is tried and tested so we deliver faster deployments with quicker time to market and therefore less time to revenues. This experience means we get it right first time and so the network has a better reputation with customers.
Because the solution is already developed, there are no big development fees and no risk of long delays on deployment.
Our solution means 98% of orders are ordered directly by subscribers and then are provisioned automatically within seconds. That means our approach is very lean but delivers exceptional customer satisfaction.
His third book ‘Strategy Genius’ was published in 2015 for Hodder and Stoughton.
Richard has a degree in electronics, a masters equivalent in engineering, a MBA with distinction from the University of Warwick and is studying for a doctorate in the strategy of technology companies.