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The Innovators

Meet the Innovators

The experts joining us will be a blend of sector experts and representatives from our Board Members.

The founding partners of The Innovation Hub are icons in the industry - Accenture, DT, Google, Jio, Orange, Telenor & Vodafone. They are bringing their expertise to the projects and adding resources for designing ways of working, pledging physical space, legal expertise, and professional services.

It is only through their dedication and foresight that we are able to spark innovation.

The innovators

ODA Accelerator

Accelerating the creation of modular, componentized, cloud-native software to replace traditional BSS and OSS in line with the ODA principles and policies by creating the Reference Implementation(s) of the ODA Canvas, and associated services, on which ODA Components will run.

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Lester Thomas

Lester Thomas

Vodafone

Head of New Technologies and Innovation

Chair of project board

Prerna Singh

Prerna Singh

Jio

Product Manager

Project board

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Google Cloud

Head of Telecom Solutions

Project board

Sigrid Braun

Sigrid Braun

Deutsche Telekom

IT Architect

Project board

Govinda Ramaswamy

Govinda Ramaswamy

Accenture

Associate Director

Project board

Francoise Moumen

Francoise Moumen

Orange

Head of AN Architecture Department

Project Board

GenAI/LLM

Developing the TMF Guru: a GenAI/LLM conversational search-solution capability simplifying and improving how members and visitors find relevant material digitally, with the creation of an architecture blueprint that outlines how GenAI technology can be seamlessly integrated into the Telco landscape (addressing challenges related to security, privacy, accuracy, performance, and scalability).

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Shekhar Kulkarni

Shekhar Kulkarni

Deutsche Telekom

Chief IT Architect

Chair of project board

Lester Thomas

Lester Thomas

Vodafone

Head of New Technologies and Innovation

Project board

Mohit Vaish

Mohit Vaish

Jio

Senior Product Manager

Project board

Jen Hawes Hewitt

Jen Hawes Hewitt

Google Cloud

Head of Strategic Programs and Partnerships

Project board

New services

Developing services, tools, capabilities and a framework to manage fraudulent connectivity in a standardized way and exploring the possibility of creating a Routing Verification Service, in order to build real trust between service providers and their customers.

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Atul Rustogi

Atul Rustogi

Jio

API Platform Lead

Project board

Cathal Kennedy

Cathal Kennedy

Telenor

Technology Strategy

Project board

Pål-Jessen Petersen

Pål-Jessen Petersen

Telenor

Project manager

Project participant

Endre Syvertsen

Endre Syvertsen

Telenor

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Govinda Ramaswamy

Govinda Ramaswamy

Accenture

Associate Director

Project participant

Mathangi Sandilya

Mathangi Sandilya

Accenture

Managing Director

Project board

The

projects

The Innovation Hub will deliver breakthrough thinking and rapid business impact. Outputs will include hands-on implementation guidance, working code, and important feedback to improve industry standards. All Hub projects aim to positively impact the entire industry.

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The

location

The Hub itself sits on the Reliance Jio Campus, a stunning modern development set in 52 acres with views across the Arabian Sea.

The campus offers a roof top swimming pool, India’s first astroturf football pitch, cricket stadium, and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Innovators can enjoy fine dining and canteen on site. The grounds include a lake and meditation zone.

The area is close to national and international transport infrastructure.

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Get involved

There are many benefits for both companies and member professionals of participating in a TM Forum Innovation Hub:
For companies

  1. Collaboration with an all-in team from select organizations to collectively solve a shared business challenge faster than ever before
  2. Ability to benefit from the knowledge or experience in different markets to develop the most flexible, future proof, solutions
  3. Work on/with emerging technologies (e.g. GenAI) to develop innovative solutions that can be practically applied to common business problems
    For member professionals
  4. Profile-raising opportunity to demo work to industry executives and showcase at TM Forum events
  5. Learning opportunity to work with peers also meeting the stringent selection criteria and passing the interview process
  6. Working on the industry’s foremost challenges, to co-create innovative and potentially disruptive solutions for the greater good of our industry
  7. Internal recognition as part of a top talent program or equivalent of the sponsoring members company

A Steering Committee of the TM Forum Board of Trustees will provide support, guidance, and direction for the Hub program during its pilot phase. The projects will be overseen by the TM Forum CTO office, which oversees all collaborative work in the Forum.

A new TM Forum Innovation Hub team will facilitate Hub projects as part of TM Forum’s CTO office. This team will provide management, support, and technical guidance to Hub projects.
Innovation Hub projects will provide a new way of collaborating to a deeper level. They can be thought of as an extension of the collaboration capabilities of TM Forum and will draw from the Forum’s extensive experience in remote and in-person industry collaboration.

The founding members involved in the pilot phase of the program are; Accenture, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Jio, Orange, Telenor and Vodafone.
These companies are pioneers from our Board who are committed to supporting the Innovation Hub Project through the pilot phase. This support takes the form of contributed expertise and resources to launch the program, as well as professionals dedicated full-time to deliver business impact at the speed our industry’s transformation requires.