“How telcos innovate determines what they innovate. Although telcos get many things right on innovation, they often miss the big picture, panic about OTTs, and misunderstand innovation’s broader benefits.”
Emeka Obiodu focuses on the operational strategies of telecoms operators and vendors. He also leads the “telco innovation services radars” and “how telcos innovate” research projects at Ovum.
Emeka has over ten years’ experience in the industry as an engineer, mobile content specialist, consultant, and analyst. He regularly presents at events such as Avren, CTIA, IET, and IEEE, chairs panels, acts as judge, and appears extensively in the media, where he has featured on the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Guardian, Reuters, and Sky.
At Ovum, Emeka’s research has covered the future of network sharing, how spectrum will shape LTE, how telcos cope with recession, mobile forecasts, the global mobile outlook, the role of franchises in the mobile industry, SIM-only tariffs, and cross-group tariffs.
Prior to joining Ovum, Emeka worked as a telecoms analyst at Global Insight and Pyramid Research. He has also worked for Royal Dutch Shell, an engineering firm setting up VSAT links for Internet access, and several mobile content/app start-ups. Emeka holds a BEng from FUT Owerri, an MSc in telecommunications from Queen Mary University of London, and an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School.