Client

  • IT architecture, gap analysis, recommendations, and roadmap evolution
    • Computing and storage
    • IT software
    • Network
    • Security
  • Data centers, hosting, and related managed services
  • Data centers strategy, planning, and design
  • Cloud related services
    • Virtualization architecture
    • Cloud assessment and strategy
    • Cloud planning, design, and implementation
    • Cloud migration
    • Design of services (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS)
    • Integration of applications for cloud solutions
    • Design and development of cloud operation models - commercial and open source
    • Specification of monitoring tools for SLA management
  • Managed and hosting services
    • Social and gaming hosting services
    • SSP, DSP and online ads exchange architecture ecosystem
    • Advanced data management and disaster recovery
    • Advanced computing and data analysis
    • Inter-cloud services
    • End to end cloud enablement
    • Security managed services
  • Big data analytics
  • Entry to new market strategy – disruption play and ecosystem considerations
  • LTE core & new services:
    • IP mobile core network evolution
    • Mobile, traffic, video, and impact on network architecture
    • Analytics evolution, and impact on network architecture
    • M2M, verticals, and impact on network architecture
    • IMS, LTE for voice and messaging
    • Offload solutions and impact on network architecture
    • Third party driven new business models
  • LTE and migration services
  • Wi-Fi architecture and offload
  • Small cells, DAS, and neutral host
  • Business case and ROI building
  • Technology assets restructuring and carving strategies
  • Bid book preparation
  • M&A pre-investment due diligence
  • Business and technology complement to financial advisory
  • Review of technology investments and rationalization
  • Technology business incubation
  • Market opportunity assessment
    • Industry positioning and benchmarking
    • Market situation analysis and positioning
    • Competitive landscape analysis
    • Market entry strategy development
    • Technology readiness assessment
  • Market development
    • Portfolio and roadmap review and validation
    • Ecosystem development
    • Marketing plan and pricing models development
    • Engagement modeling
    • Go to market strategy definition
  • Study and assessment of fair competition
  • Study and evolution of spectrum allocation
  • Long term license strategy and drafting of new licenses
  • Spectrum re-farming strategies
  • Analysis of novel wireless standards and market impact assessment
  • Network sharing regulatory strategies
Consultant

Our team is made up of highly qualified industry experts as well as strategy and technology consultants. Each enjoys subject matter expertise, extensive market knowledge, and has garnered "partner-level" know-how. We approach projects with surgical attention to details and standards aiming to provide tailored and pragmatic advisory services and roadmaps.

CLAUDE ACHCAR
Strategic technology advisory, cloud and managed services, business plans for IT corporates, telecoms, data centers, innovators and VC backers, due diligence studies on investment and M&A targets
SHERVIN BAKHTIARI
Technology innovation and development, Business intelligence & process optimization, BPO, data center strategy, cloud computing, IT transformation, virtualization, middleware platforms (SOA/ESB), healthcare IT
ANANDA SEN GUPTA
Strategic and operational planning for corporates and telecoms, service and network management, service assurance and fulfilment, planning and design for IoT roadmap, M2M architecture, and healthcare IT
DR RIAD HARTANI
Mobile internet architectures, analytics, optimization, cloud networking, strategy advisory, TMT investment and M&A, virtualization, data center and networking architectures and design, information security

CLAUDE ACHCAR

Managing Director

FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 25 years

SPECIALTIES:

Strategic technology advisory, cloud and managed services, business plans for IT corporates, telecoms, data centers, innovators and VC backers, due diligence studies on investment and M&A targets

PROFILE:

Claude has proven management and leadership skills developed over 25 years of ICT and consulting experience. He began his career as a research associate with CRIM in Canada followed by eleven years with Nortel Networks where he held a wide range of responsibilities from systems engineering, to program management, marketing and major accounts in Canada, France, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Prior to Actel Consulting, Claude led the Asian operations of Ciena, a leading intelligent optical networking vendor, where he built a self-sustaining organization across Asia from a greenfield start.

Claude has extensive experience managing multi-disciplinary teams across multiple regions and consulted for Venture Capitalists, Private Equity, and various verticals including telecom and financial services where he performed diligence studies on investment and M&A targets. He is an acknowledged ICT industry thought leader frequently invited as speaker, chair, or moderator at leading conferences.

Claude is an electrical engineer by training and holds a B.Eng (1985) and M.S. (1987) Engineering (Communications) from Ecole Polytechnique and an MBA (1992) Strategy & International Marketing from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.

SHERVIN BAKHTIARI

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  20 years

SPECIALTIES:

Technology innovation and development, Business intelligence & process optimization, BPO, data center strategy, cloud computing, IT transformation, virtualization, middleware platforms (SOA/ESB), healthcare IT

PROFILE:

Shervin is a multi-disciplinary ICT professional and evangelist with 20 years of experience in the ICT arena covering emerging technologies for a wide variety of customers and partners,including Telco/Mobile, service providers, and enterprise verticals (such as financials).

Prior to joining Actel, Shervin held senior positions at eMotive Communications, Avaya, Ubiquity Software, Cisco Systems, and Brooks Automation with work experience in North America (Silicon Valley), Europe, and most recently in Asia Pacific where he has a proven track record of launching multi-disciplinary operations across the region. He has advised many clients and investors in the telecom and mobile industries, as well as large enterprises on the strategy for emerging technologies, including evaluation, due diligence, and adoption. Shervin has been involved in VC capital acquisition for multiple companies and he is also involved in innovation/startup incubation and angel investments.

Shervin holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

ANANDA SEN GUPTA

Senior Advisor


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 20 years

SPECIALTIES:

Strategic and operational planning for corporates and telecoms, service and network management, service assurance and fulfilment, planning and design for IoT roadmap, M2M architecture, and healthcare IT

PROFILE:

Ananda has over 20 years experience in corporate and strategic leadership, product management, marketing, business development, and project delivery experience in software products.

He was Vice President of Consulting Services at OSI Inc., and R&D section head of India for Agilent Technologies' electronic test and measurement software product division. Most recently, Ananda founded Trackmybeat Healthcare, an innovative healthcare services company.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). He was Vice Chairman, International Development of MPLS Forum in 2004-2005 and Vice President, Marketing of MPLS Forum in 2003; also a member of Scientific Committee of MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, and Vice Chairman, International Development on Board of Directors of MFA Forum. More recently, Ananda has been a Member of the M2M Architecture group under the Department of Telecom, Govt of India.

Ananda holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata, 1996 with focus on Information Technology and Marketing; as well as a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi 1991.

DR RIAD HARTANI

Senior Advisor


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 20 years

SPECIALTIES:

Mobile internet architectures, analytics, optimization, cloud networking, strategy advisory, TMT investment and M&A, virtualization, data center and networking architectures and design, information security

PROFILE:

Dr Hartani has over 20 years ICT experience including executive positions at leading Silicon Valley Startups (Wichorus, Anagran, Caspian); Lead positions in various multinationals (Nortel Canada, Hitachi Japan, GE France); and Lead Researcher in prestigious research organizations (CNRS France, NRC Canada, CRL Japan). He is also a founding member of technology startups in Silicon Valley and a technical advisor /consultant to several internet and media ventures in the US, Far East and the Middle East.

His major interests include cloud architectures, cloud assessment, LTE/4G strategies, networking systems design, networking architectures, internet protocols development and artificial intelligence. Dr Hartani is also an active contributor to the IETF, ATMF, ITU-T, OIF, IEEE and the IPv6 Forum and a frequent invited speaker and panelist at various international industry events.

Dr Hartani has been lead design of NGN projects for several large operators such as NTT and KT; and IT architecture for large enterprises such as Aramco and HKEx.

Riad has obtained Doctoral and Post Doctoral degrees at University of Paris (Computer Science with highest honors) and University of California Berkeley, and Executive Business Education at Stanford University.

TAREK MNEIMNEH
Strategic and operational planning for telecom operators in the fields of service and network management, network planning and production management, service assurance and fulfillment, quality management
ROMNEY NG
Project management, information security, corporate security, telecom networks, network management, product management and marketing
TRINH NGO
Technology and network evolution strategy, cloud computing, storage, information security, network and data center virtualization, SDN and NFV trends, IMS, LTE network and services, M2M
SIR TIM PURCELL
Internet & web solutions, cloud computer & AWS, OpenStack, open source solutions, operations and administration, operational consulting business and technical specifications, agile project management

TAREK MNEIMNEH

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 30 years

SPECIALTIES:

Strategic and operational planning for telecom operators in the fields of service and network management, network planning and production management, service assurance and fulfillment, quality management

PROFILE:

Tarek has proven knowledge in the IT and telecom sectors including over 30 years of OSS/BSS international consulting experience in major accounts.

His areas of skills encompass strategic and operational planning for telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa in the fields of service and network management based on eTom model standards.

Tarek consulted for over twelve years for Sopra and later for Sofrecom (France Telecom subsidiary). He contributed designs for Orange and other operators in the areas of network planning and production management. He also analyzed the integration of business oriented products and services into a national customer care and billing system. Just prior to joining Actel Consulting, Tarek led customer accounts for Intec Billing (now part of CSG Systems), a leading customer care, mediation, charging, and billing provider, in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa.

Tarek has a B.Sc. Engineering and Computing degree from Saint Joseph University, Beirut, and a Certificate in Automated Production Management from AFRAMP in Paris.

ROMNEY NG

Senior Associate


FIELD EXPERIENCE  20 years

SPECIALTIES:

Project management, information security, corporate security, telecom networks, network management, product management and marketing

PROFILE:

Romney has 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the ICT sector spanning North America and the Asia-Pacific region. His areas of expertise include software design & development, optical networks, network management, and IT security.

Romney began his career as a Software Designer at Nortel Networks in Canada, where he made significant contributions to the development and deployment of embedded software for Nortel's optical networking equipment, particularly in the areas of SONET/SDH, ATM, MPLS and DWDM. In Asia-Pacific, he took up various roles in the telecom sector including pre-sales, project management, product management and business development. He was instrumental in the successful bidding and execution of multi-million dollar telecom projects.

Romney holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

TRINH NGO

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 25 years

SPECIALTIES:

Technology and network evolution strategy, cloud computing, storage, information security, network and data center virtualization, SDN and NFV trends, IMS, LTE network and services, M2M

PROFILE:

Trinh Ngo has extensive consulting and product development experience for the networking segments including public service provider, corporate network, Local Area Networking, IP4 unicast and multicast, IPv6, MPLS, Ethernet L2 VPN, VoIP, video streaming, P2P, IPTV, OSS/BSS/SOA, Data Center virtualization, IMS, LTE network and services (VoLTE, M2M, OTT), cloud computing, storage, and security.

He defined requirements for 4G mobile gateway products at the early stage of LTE worldwide deployment.

He also prioritized company product development on must have features for a flow based router/switch, to cover market and key accounts needs (large corporate as well as core, peering and aggregation service provider networks) of IPv4 unicast and multicast routing, IPv6, MPLS for traffic engineering and for Layer 2VPN, generating tens of millions revenue.

Trinh set up key differentiation product features development priorities for flow based QoS router switch, including hardware (ASIC, line cards) and software (forwarding, routing, real time traffic monitoring, identification, conditioning and management), permitting market penetration worldwide.

He has successfully managed the product development of a complex data switching systems to carriers worldwide.

He has been advisor to entrepreneurs and startups on cloud computing, network virtualization, SDN and NFV trends and product requirements.

Trinh has a Master of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

SIR TIM PURCELL

Senior Advisor


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 30 years

SPECIALTIES:

Internet & web solutions, cloud computer & AWS, OpenStack, open source solutions, operations and administration, operational consulting business and technical specifications, agile project management

PROFILE:

Tim has been working with and leading people for much of his career, both in the Army as an officer and then in the commercial world for the past 30 years and across more than 20 countries. The interaction of people utilizing technologies, particularly communications technologies, has been of prime focus. He did this work with Nokia, Siemens-Nixdorf, DMR/Fujitsu and Unisys.

Working across disciplines in consulting roles, for sales and marketing, CRM, telecommunications platforms and systems, billing and customer care, product management and marketing as well as business systems. In recent years he has added to this mix the internet as a platform for effective communications which tightly couples all his previous work.

Tim holds a BA (Mil) 1982 from UNSW, Canberra, Australia. In addition to his military decorations, Tim was invested as Knight 1st Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland in 2008.

FRANK RAYAL
Technology, market and economics of wireless networks, spectrum, and infrastructure solutions, product definition; financial modeling and strategic planning, due diligence, telecom operators and regulators
MARCUS STOCK
IT Change management, IT architecture and design, corporate backbone IP IT infrastructure, implementation and operations, development of strategic direction, business unit planning and budgeting
BARRIE WILLIAMS
IT infrastructure strategy and transformation, applications systems selection and deployment, business systems strategy, sustainability, audit and risk analysis, corporate IT systems, managed services, data center planning

FRANK RAYAL

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 20 years

SPECIALTIES:

Technology, market and economics of wireless networks, spectrum, and infrastructure solutions, product definition; financial modeling and strategic planning, due diligence, telecom operators and regulators

PROFILE:

Frank is a telecom industry professional with over 20 years of experience working with wireless network operators and system vendors. He advises investors and telecom ecosystem players on commercial, technical and marketing strategies related to wireless telecommunications including technology assessment, competitive analysis, spectrum, financial modeling/business case development and market analytics.

Frank is a founding member of small cell backhaul pioneer and Fierce Wireless 15 winner BLiNQ Networks. He held senior product management, marketing and business development positions at Redline, Metawave and Ericsson where he defined and launched wireless infrastructure solutions including base stations, advanced antenna systems and network management software.

Frank holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and a MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

MARCUS STOCK

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 20 years

SPECIALTIES:

IT Change management, IT architecture and design, corporate backbone IP IT infrastructure, implementation and operations, development of strategic direction, business unit planning and budgeting

PROFILE:

Marcus has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry at the international level. He has pioneered ground breaking and high-profile global solutions for the Manufacturing, financial, education and health sectors. He brings fresh ideas that encompass entrepreneurial concepts with proven strategic experience.

Marcus’ experience ranges from winning Cisco’s Global innovation competition, heading up the Broadband rollout for 2,500 schools in Australia though architecting the largest Unified communications solution in the southern hemisphere to being lead architect on financial sector projects in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. Previous roles include heading up Cisco’s European internal Infrastructure programs.

As a leader of Cisco’s global strategic architecture and technical services (SATS) group, his team delivered several key programs including change management of IT, strategic architecture and design, implementation and operations, and the development of strategic direction and business unit planning and budgeting.

BARRIE WILLIAMS

Principal Consultant


FIELD EXPERIENCE  Over 35 years

SPECIALTIES:

IT infrastructure strategy and transformation, applications systems selection and deployment, business systems strategy, sustainability, audit and risk analysis, corporate IT systems, managed services, data center planning

PROFILE:

Barrie Williams has over 35 years of experience in business and business management, primarily in the Information Technology industry, both within Australia and internationally. A ‘hands-on’ practitioner, his career is distinguished with a significant number of achievements.

He has held roles in many sectors within the IT industry including executive management, program and project management, sales and marketing, most with international responsibility. More recently he has undertaken consulting/advisory roles including holding the position as Head of Consulting (Australia/New Zealand) at Intel, and Practice Lead for a major consulting company, BearingPoint, in the area of IT infrastructure and sustainability. Barrie also spent 10 years with Computer Sciences Corporation in Australia in various roles.

Barrie worked and lived in Asia for over 16 years undertaking assignments in various countries including China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam for such organisations as Mincom, QAD and Symix – all leading applications software companies.

His major strength is his breadth of knowledge, not only of the industry in general, but also in developing strategy and applying that strategy in areas for long term value add and benefit for the enterprise.

Barrie has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Latrobe University (Melbourne) and a Masters of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales (Sydney).



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