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C.B. Velayuthan, Vice-President, Global Partner Business, Nokia Networks

May 26, 2015
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C.B. Velayuthan has over 20 years of experience in telecom and IT and has held various roles globally in the areas of engineering, sales, operations and general management in companies such as AT&T and Vodafone India. As vice-president, global partner business, Nokia Networks, he heads the sales and market engagements business for the company’s newly formed unit. The role involves developing and driving new business along with partners to build joint solutions via the Nokia customer teams globally. “The industry can only stay competitive, agile and effective by increasing collaboration with different players. Our vision is to change business models and expand along with our partners to keep pace with changing market dynamics and customer needs,” he says.

He believes that 2015 will be a significant year for the industry as operators will pilot heterogeneous networks and small cell solutions; analytics and customer experience management will play a key role in mobile data monetisation; pure network managed services will transform into end-user service management; and Telco Cloud will move towards commercial deployment, especially in the area of core networks, with the industry witnessing initial pilots of SDN and network functions virtualisation as viable cloud solutions.

Velayuthan is an electronics and communication engieneer, with an MBA in global business and techno entrepreneurship from the Helsinki School of Economics.

In his spare time, Velayuthan enjoys long distance running, playing golf, reading and scuba diving. He is also “hooked on to travelling”, given that his work has involved a lot of it. In fact, he has worked in a number of countries including China, the Philippines and the US, which has helped him appreciate different cultures, people and work environments. “My experience in each country has been unique. During the late 1990s, we travelled across China to introduce mobile technology. It was fun communicating with the local people even without knowing the language. In the Philippines, I was overwhelmed by the popularity of text messaging. In the US, the introduction of mobile technology gave birth to numerous start-ups that built key applications. Being in India for last five years, I have seen an exponential growth in voice and data services, which has had a significant impact on the entire population.”

His wife is a telecom professional and their son Vishnu is in middle school. Work for Velayuthan is very time-consuming. “I am trying to ensure a better work-life balance,” he says wryly.

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