Know thy Courses (Telecom, Architecture and Business Models) (Part-2)

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Know thy courses ( Telecom, Architecture and Business Models) (Part-1)

Well, I am writing this blog halfway through this course, so the information is first-hand. The speakers that I am going to mention next have provided very updated information related to the latest technological innovations in the field of Telecommunications but they did not have assignments.

Mr. Eric Smeitink who is also from KPN and is associated with the University talked about Strategy, Spectrum and 5G. This lecture started with an introduction to competitive strategy and how this can be applied to look at the challenges faced by the telecom operators. He also covered the basics about the usage of the radio spectrum and then moved on to a hot topic – 5G and the vision of having self-driving cars in the near future.

Mr. Ton van der Knaap is a Senior Process Architect at KPN. He explained what a process architecture is, why you need it, how an effective process architecture can be created for an organisation, the challenges faced while implementing a process architecture and the guidelines to cope with these challenges.

Lecture on “Artificial Intelligent Processes for People”

Mr. John Hoffmans who works at KPN talked about the Principles of the Telecommunication Transport Networks. It provided an insight into the different planes of a transport network, how a telecom company earns money by selling transport services and characteristics of these services like QoS and availability.

Lecture on “Impact of Emerging Technologies”

Another very interesting lecture was on the Impact of ‘Emerging technologies’ like artificial intelligence and Internet of Things on the business and society. Mr. Peeter Maarten Westerhout , from TimeLabz discussed how today’s Emerging technologies would determine tomorrow’s world with very captivating examples.

Have you heard of WANNACRY? I attended the session given by Mr. Hong Gie Ong from CapGemini. The session took us through a number of topics starting from the importance of network security, how the technologies in our daily lives expose us to cyber threats. A number of real-life examples made this lecture fascinating as well as a scary experience. It made me realise how vulnerable we are because of the internet.

KPN is accelerating innovation by conducting proof of concepts of new network technologies and service concepts in its Technology Labs. Mr. Frank Mertz who works at the Technology Labs talked about the how to choose the relevant ideas and take a decision on which topic to work on and an overview of the most interesting topics is given. He spoke about the aspects that together help in making a decision as to whether or not to introduce a new technology.

Managing the telecommunication technologies, infrastructure and services are an essential part of exploiting and monetizing telecom assets as a commercial service provider. Mr. Tim Daeleman, brought us to terms with the importance of ICT Management – what is managed, and how it is managed. It further gave an understanding about how the ICT Management functionality would add value to the customers.

Every speaker is very experienced in the field that he is talking about. The course is not just about studying theory. It brings you up-to-date with the latest innovations in the industry. Every year, the content is updated and hence, we, as students are more aware of what is happening around us. The assignments are a mix of easy and challenging, but they give you a platform to be creative. Especially the value case assignment gives you a chance to put forth your own ideas to find a solution to an existing problem. Now I know that was a LOT to be written down in a blog. But I personally have learned a lot of things from this course and it has instilled a lot of interest in me in the field of Telecommunications. So it would be a great idea to take it up when the opportunity is at hand.

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