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Antonio Jose Elizondo Armengol

Head of Network Virtualization Strategy and Technology at Telefónica I+D


Since 1998 Antonio is working in Telefónica I+D, the Research and Development company of the Telefónica group. His areas of expertise include IP network architecture, NFV and SDN technologies, traffic analysis, QoS, network planning and dimensioning, routing and network performance, and techno-economic analysis. He is head of the virtualization strategy and technology area within the Telefónica Global CTO unit since 2013, coordinating the efforts of Telefónica in defining and standardizing NFV technologies and leading the team that has developed the NFV reference implementation lab and launched OpenMano as an Open Source project. Now the team is fully involved in a community open source project hosted in ETSI, OSM (Open Source MANO), where OpenMano is part of it.

Antonio earned a Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 2000 and a Master's degree in Economics at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in 2005.

Exclusive interview with Antonio Jose Elizondo Armengol

What are you most looking forward to when you participate at Service Delivery Innovation Summit on 27-28 September in London?

Telcos need to find a way to agilely innovate and offer new and exciting services to our customers. Having an overview of how the industry as a whole is trying to innovate is tremendously useful.

You will be opening the conference with your Keynote on Day One - could you please give us a little bit of insight into the topic of your presentation?

It is about the transformation potential that software networks (NFV and SDN) have to automate the creation and operation of networks and services. However, its full potential cannot be untied unless that a software-centric culture is taken.

What would you say that true digitalization is all about?

Digitalization today is about software. True digitalization is about using software effectively to automate processes, avoiding complex integrations, and being able to try new ideas in an easy way.

How can telcos stay relevant and maximise revenues in the new, data and cloud era?

It’s not enough adopting new technologies. It’s about adopting new ways of working. We need to reduce the barriers to innovate and generate wider and more competitive ecosystems.

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