Accelerating Digital Transformation and Networks – by GSMA DX Acceleration Forum

Accelerating Digital Transformation and Networks – by GSMA DX Acceleration Forum

Start: Thursday 30 June 2022 15:00

End: Thursday 30 June 2022 17:00

Venue: Online (GMT+8)

The telco sector plays a critical role in driving digitization across organizations, industries, and the wider economy. However, the sector can also unlock significant value by going through its own process of digital transformation. This virtual seminar on ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation and Networks’ will focus on the approaches telcos are taking to digitally transform their internal functions, cultures, processes, services, networks and more.

Digital transformation is understood by many to involve one or more of the following approaches:

  1. the provision of new digital services or platforms
  2. a focus on enabling technologies,
  3. network digital transformation programs
  4. functional and cultural transformation approaches; and
  5. the digital adaption of business processes to enhance customer engagement

Rather than focusing on approaches to the digital transformation of specific processes, the best strategies start by gaining a holistic view of the desired outcomes from the digital transformation project. This is necessary because the most successful strategies acknowledge that there are interdependent building blocks that must work in harmony to drive real change in the telco sector.

This virtual seminar will bring together executive speakers and panelists from pioneering MNOs and ecosystem players to share their insights and experiences related to accelerating the digital transformation of the telco sector across several areas. Topics covered, will include:

  1. How the mobile industry is embracing digital transformation
  2. The role of 5G in driving network digital transformation
  3. Using O-RAN to unlock increased flexibility in mobile networks
  4. Examples of digital transformation strategies from leading MNOs
  5. Strategies for transforming traditional MNOs into digitally integrated service providers


Watch webinar recording
15:00 - 15:05

Welcome and Introduction
Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA


John David Kim, DXAF Community Head, GSMA

15:05 - 15:15

Industry Outlook Presentation:

Digital Transformation: Telco’s Greatest Contribution to Sustainability?

Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence, GSMA Intelligence

15:15 - 15:45

Fire-side chat with Pioneering MNO:

“Network Digital Transformation in the 5G Era”

Tareq Amin, CEO, Rakuten Mobile

15:45 - 16:00

Ecosystem player presentation:

“Driving digital transformation & exponential growth through 5G Mobility”

David Hassman, Vice President of Strategy, Syniverse Technologies

16:00 - 16:10

MNO presentation:

“Axiata’s Digital Telco Enabler (DTE) platform”

Anthony Rodrigo, CIO, Axiata Group


Thrushera Kawadawatta, CEO, Axiata Digital Labs


16:10 - 16:55

Industry Panel Discussion

“Digitally Transforming MNOs: Opportunities and Challenges in the 5G Era”

Introduction and Moderator:

Nitin Khanna, Managing Director, Communications, Media and Technology group, SEA, Accenture



  • Srinivas Gattamneni, CEO of ADA, Axiata Digital
  • Geok Chwee Ong, CEO, Bridge Alliance
  • David Hassman, Vice President of Strategy, Syniverse Technologies
  • Hiren Joshi, Division Director, Service Experience Center, Rakuten Mobile

16:55 - 17:00

Seminar review, community update and closing
John David Kim, DXAF Community Head, GSMA


Srinivas Gattamneni

CEO, Axiata Digital & Analytics (ADA)

Srinivas was appointed as CEO of Axiata Digital & Analytics in March 2018.

He previously served as Chief Portfolio Officer at Axiata Digital where he oversaw all M&A, portfolio operations, and investments for the Axiata portfolio of companies in digital advertising, digital financial services, and platforms.

Before joining Axiata, he founded PayZazz, a UK based mobile payments startup. Prior to that, he headed Corporate Venturing at ARM Ltd. in Cambridge, UK, and also led China operations for Motorola Mobile Devices software group in Shanghai.

Srinivas holds an MBA from London Business School and Bachelors of Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore

Anthony Rodrigo

CIO, Axiata Group

Anthony has been with Axiata Group of companies since 2010 as the Group Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Services Officer of Dialog Axiata. He was appointed Chief Information Officer of Axiata Group in August 2017 and still continues his role as Chief Information Officer of Dialog Axiata.

Prior to joining the Dialog Group, Anthony was the Head of the North America Systems Integration Business for Nokia Siemens Networks. He was responsible for Solution Development, Systems Integration and Business Management of converged Fixed and Wireless solutions for communication service providers in North America. Anthony counts over two decades of experience in Europe, Asia, and the Americas in Operations Support Systems/Business Support Solutions and Systems Integration, holding leadership positions at British Telecom, AT&T, Nokia, NSN, and Hayleys.

Anthony holds a B.Eng from Kings College London, and an MBA from Regis University Denver, CO. USA. He holds several European and United States Patents in the area of Charging and Speech Recognition technology.

Nitin Khanna

Managing Director, Communications, Media and Technology group, SEA, Accenture

Nitin is a managing director for the Communications, Media and Technology group for Accenture in Southeast Asia. He has extensive experience in managing technology delivery projects, such as microservices and API gateway platforms, cloud migrations and large scale digital products. He also has deep expertise in the design and set-up of new operating models and defining business driven KPIs for IT, digital and business teams.

Dr. Ong Geok Chwee

Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Alliance

Geok Chwee is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Alliance, an alliance of 34 premier telecommunication service providers covering Asia, Middle East and Africa which serve over a billion mobile subscribers. She oversees the strategy and operations of Bridge Alliance, delivering regional initiatives that enable Bridge Alliance telco members to collaborate as close partners and deliver cross border solutions for multinational corporations.

With more than 20 years of experience in the info-communications industry, Geok Chwee has extensive experience in managing the incubation, development and launch of new technologies and businesses in the enterprise sector. She championed the incubation of emerging growth businesses focusing on Platform-as-a-Service, Internet of Things, and Big Data analytics, with responsibilities spanning business development, product development, product management and product marketing.

Geok Chwee is a technology evangelist who believes in open collaboration with partners and customers, co-creating value-driven innovation to advance new growth engines.

Geok Chwee holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and a Doctor of Innovation from Singapore Management University.

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian, Head of Asia Pacific at GSMA, drives collaborative efforts between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystems to advance digital economies. With 20+ years of global experience in Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy, and Digital Transformation, he’s a pioneer in forging digital partnerships and units. His fervor lies in mobile tech as the cornerstone of economic resilience, sparking dialogues for sustainable, inclusive digital nations.

John David Kim

DXAF Community Head, Head of North East Asia, GSMA

John David Kim is Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with GSMA mobile operator members, ecosystem partners and government/policy-makers in the Asia Pacific Region. His activities involve working closely with these organisations to introduce, implement and execute GSMA initiatives/programmes to foster innovative business/commercial strategies, new technology adoption/commercialization and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics such as IoT, 5G commercialization, VoLTE Interconnection and RCS etc.

With over 20 years of research and consulting experience in the ICT and Telecoms industry, especially in North East Asia, Johnny has executed and directed major research and consulting studies for MNOs, vendors and government/regulatory bodies across a wide range of areas. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked as Regional Head/Managing Director for ICT global research and consulting companies specializing in Telecoms & ICT and key industry verticals, respectively for North East Asia.

Johnny completed studies in Science and Business/Marketing at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology, respectively and has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.

Peter Jarich

Head of GSMA Intelligence, GSMA

Peter leads the GSMA Intelligence analyst team, driving its content strategy and agenda. Working across the GSMA membership and broader mobile ecosystem, Peter is responsible for developing insights into the intelligence products

required by the market as well as the best ways in which to deliver them. In the near-term, this means driving the rollout of new data sets and research on topics ranging from 5G and IoT, to Consumer Demand trends, Fixed TV & Convergence.

Tareq Amin

CEO, Rakuten Mobile

Amin joined Rakuten Group in 2018 as the first chief technology officer of Rakuten Mobile and lead the design and roll-out in Japan of the world’s first fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In 2021, Amin was appointed as chief executive officer of Rakuten Symphony, a Rakuten Group company launched in August 2021 with his vision to empower the global adoption of cloud-native open RAN mobile network infrastructure and services. Under Amin’s leadership, Rakuten Symphony brings the innovation behind Rakuten’s telecom operator products, services and solutions together under a single global banner for customers worldwide.

In 2022, he was appointed as chief executive officer of Rakuten Mobile to ignite the next stage of growth in Japan and drive synergies between the global business and Rakuten Mobile. With a career in the mobile network industry spanning almost two decades, prior to joining Rakuten in 2018, Amin was a key contributor to the transformation of the mobile industry in India as Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Automation for Reliance Jio. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Carrier Solutions for Huawei and as Senior Director of National Planning & Performance at T-Mobile.

Amin holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Portland State University in Oregon.

Hiren Joshi

Division Director, Service Experience Center, Rakuten Mobile

David Hassman

Vice President of Strategy, Syniverse Technologies

David Hassman is Vice President of Strategy for Syniverse, where he oversees the development and execution of Syniverse’s long-range strategic plans and their tactical incubation, including the ideation of new products through concept development to commercial deployment. David joined Syniverse in 2013 and brings more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications. Prior to Syniverse, he held a number of senior roles with companies across the communications ecosystem, including Motorola, Level 3 Communications and Airvana. David holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.