#TopTechVideos Popular Choice Award

The Fast Mode #TopTechVideos web event takes place from the 1st of October 2015 to the 30th of October 2015.

The event aims to highlight some of the leading telecom solutions in the industry that help Mobile Network Operators accelerate service innovations across voice, messaging and data services including VoLTE, VoWiFi, RCS, LTE Broadcast, Sponsored Data, M2M and Mobile Payment Services.

To garner visitor participation and to further promote the videos taking part in the web event, The Fast Mode is giving away the #TopTechVideos ‘Popular Choice Award’ to 3 Winners based on the product videos showcased during the event. The winners will be selected based on a total score which will comprise 80% of the number of votes by visitors of the web event and 20% of the average rating by a Panel of Judges made up of representatives from Mobile Network Operators/telecom research companies and telecom experts. Voting and evaluation by the Panel of Judges close at 9pm ET time on the 30th of October 2015.

Announcement of the winners will be made on the 2nd of November 2015 via The Fast Mode’s site, www.thefastmode.com and via all of The Fast Mode’s social media channels.

Winners will receive:

  • 1 Digital Seal that displays the following words - The Fast Mode #TopTechVideos ‘Popular Choice Award’

  • 3 Months’ (1st Jan 2015-31 March 2015) Rotating Banner space (300px width X 100px height) on The Fast Mode with link-back to the Winner’s website/product page

  • Coverage in a Special Blog Article on The Fast Mode

  • Announcement across all of The Fast Mode’s Social Media Channels (up to 6 times over 2 weeks)

  • Winner’s Badge on the Event Page which will continue to showcase the video infinitely   .

For further queries on the #TopTechVideos web event by The Fast Mode, please email tara.neal@thefastmode.com


Panel of Judges

Nigel Eastwood

Group Chief Operating Officer, New Call Telecom I'nal 

A telecoms expert with business interests in emerging markets, Nigel is the Group CEO of European-based New Call Telecom International, a multi-platform telecoms operator. With ambitions to continue growing rapidly in Asia and the Middle East, the Group recently acquired Nimbuzz, Ozone and WaveCrest. Prior to New Call Telecom, Nigel held a variety of senior roles in both UK and international businesses, and was a founding member of Fizz Telecom which was successfully sold in 2007.

Horst Pertl

Executive Director, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Mobiltel

Horst Pertl has extensive experience in the telecom sector during his more than 30 years of leadership including his role as the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer in T-Mobile Austria, Chief Technology Officer of Simobil and the Director of Access Network and Transport Planning at T-Mobile Austria. Horst has a B.Eng in Electronics from Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt and graduated from the Avira program from INSEAD.

Colin Bannon

Chief Technology Officer, BT Wholesale

Colin Bannon is a highly experienced telecommunications architecture and delivery leader and an expert at designing, deploying and running next generation networks for customers around the world. He has held various high-level leadership roles in BT and in organisations such as IBM Global Services, INS and Unisys. Colin was recently named as one of the 50 CTOs to watch by the Global Telecoms magazine. Colin graduated from Victoria University and Henley Business School.

Bjorn Taale Sandberg

Senior Vice President, Telenor Research

Bjorn Taale Sandberg has close to 30 years of experience in the telecoms sector, with prior roles including VP Competition Analysis at Telenor, CMO at Telenor Pakistan and EVP at Telenor Mobile. He has also held senior positions in consultancy and software companies, and built 3 start-ups. Bjorn holds an MSc in Management, Strategy, Public Sector, Quality Assurance and Marketing from the Oslo Business School and a Master of Science from Informatics.

Radhakant Das

EVP / Chief of Technology, Bakhrie Telekom

Radhakant Das has more than 20 years of experience in mobile wireless technologies with expertise in areas of evaluation and execution of technology strategy, deployment, operations, business impact analysis, customer experience and adaptation to technology transformations. He was earlier the VP of Technology at Bakhrie Telecom, following a number of leadership roles held in Tata Teleservices and Escotel/Idea Cellular. Radhakant Das holds a B.Eng in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Kiththi Perera

Chief Enterprise and Wholesale Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom

Kiththi Perera has been in Sri Lanka Telecom for over 21 years, holding various key positions in the telecom company. His experience and expertise span Cloud Services, Wi-Fi, Enterprise 'Intelligent Solutions' covering Voice, Networking, Data Hosting and Managed Services and Metro Ethernet, among others. Kiththi Perera holds a M.Eng in Telecommunications from the University of Moratuwa.

Vikas Malik

Chief Technology Officer - Pacific, Digicel

Vikas Malik has over 21 years of experience in the telecom industry, covering more than 31 countries and provinces across Pacific, Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Channel Islands. He is a specialist in delivering strategic leadership in convergent domains of Telecom, IT & Products, Transformation, Innovation and Operational Governance in Large & Complex Network ecosystems. His prior roles include Head of Network Operations & Governance of Airtel Africa and SVP & CTO of Anglophone.

Rami Aviden

Managing Director, M2M IoT, Tele2 Group

Rami Aviden, together with another partner, started Tele2's engagement in M2M/IoT and has since established Tele2 as a leading player in the space. As a serial entreprenuer with strenghts in strategy, vision and leadership, Rami has started and run a number of companies, including the Wyless Group. Rami holds an MSc in Finance and another MSc in Management from Regents University, London.

Jürgen Hase

Director M2M, Ooredoo Group

Jürgen Hase's experience in the global telecoms and M2M sector spans 20 years during which he held various positions such as the Head of Product Mgt, Head of Business Unit Advanced Business Concepts, Director of Sales Western Europe and Africa, Managing Director M2M and VP M2M Competence Center of Deutsche Telekom. He is also a member of the board of the Global M2M Alliance, I'nal M2M Council and M2M Alliance, among others. Jürgen graduated from Technical University in Germany with a major in Telecommunications.

Aayush Bhatnagar

Vice President, Reliance Jio Infocomm

Aayush Bhatnagar's expertise and experience spans VoLTE network solutioning, deployment and integration in a multi-vendor environment on a pan-India scale. Via his present position and previous roles at Rancore Technologies, he has also conducted extensive Research and Development of the core IMS network entities and RCS services. Aayush holds a B.Eng in Telecommunications from the University of Mumbai.

Adita Irawati

Vice President - Corporate Communications, Telkomsel

Adita Irawati has over 20 years of experience in broadcasting and telecommunications, specializing in Marketing Communications, Investor Relations, PR and Corporate Communications. Prior to her current role at Telkomsel, Indonesia's largest Operator, Adita was the SVP Corporate Secretary at the Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund and Group Head of Corporate Communications at Indosat, the country's second largest Operator.

Jorge Pavao de Sousa

Head of TV, Vodafone UK

Jorge P. Sousa has over 12 years of experience within the TV industry across multiple business areas, including product strategy and development, commercial marketing and management, and content strategy and acquisition. Prior to his current role at Vodafone, Jorge was a key figure in the launch and delivery of Portugal Telecom’s Pay TV strategy, MEO TV service achieving a 42% market share in just 5 years. Jorge graduated from the ISCTE with a Licentiate Degree in Finance, General.

Claudia Pais

Head of IT, Cloud & Security Product Management, Portugal Telecom

Claudia has spent more than 15 years in leading and driving strategic IT projects in the telco space, spanning areas such as IT products, cloud and security services. She also has a strong background in consulting and management, via her roles in managing and delivering major IT projects at Deloitte and Portugal Telecom. Claudia holds an IT & Management degree from ISCTE.

Aimee Rabago

Head, Branding and Communications | Enterprise Group, Globe Telecom

Aimee has 14 years of experience in Marketing. She led Marketing teams in the Philippines’ top real estate, food, and TV companies. Aimee is currently the Branding & Communications Head of the Enterprise Group in Globe Telecom Inc. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Sagar Kshirsagar

Senior Product Manager, T-Mobile US

Sagar Kshirsagar has over 17 years of experience in product & technology strategy development, product planning, management and marketing. Via his various roles at T-Mobile that span Enterprise Products and Emerging Devices and Tablets, Sagar has launched a number of innovative products, delivering new revenues to the company. Sagar has a BSc in Sociology from Tilak Maharashtra University and a BSc in Mech. Engineering from the Mumbai Polytechnic.

Hasan Zainal

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Batelco

Hasan Zainal's expertise areas span global business, satellite, VSAT and global data communications services. His marketing role in Batelco covers fixed broadband Internet services, Internet security services, Internet peering, Internet capacity management, messaging products and various VAS services, among others. Hasan Zainal holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bahrain and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

Samuel Carvalho

Senior Brand and Advertising Manager, Portugal Telecom

Samuel has more than 15 years of marketing, brand consulting and corporate expertise in leading telecoms, banking, technology and FMGC brands to success. During his 7 years as head of advertising to TMN, a major mobile carrier in Portugal, he was responsible for the production of 250 films for services, mobile products, sponsorships and mobile apps. Samuel is currently the Head Communications Strategy for Portugal Telecom brands.

Marcus A. Bergagård

Project Manager in IT, Network and Innovation, Swisscom

Marcus A. Bergagård has more than a decade of experience and training in telecommunications and ICT. He has delivered various projects in the area of IT and Network assignments establishing and enhancing new/improved products for the Swiss Residential, SME and Corporate Telecommunications Market. He is passionate about leveraging multimedia to explain technology in a simple and entertaining way to create an impact in the marketplace. He holds a BSc in Marketing & Business IT from the London Metropolitan University.

Jihed M'Selmi

Specialist, Policy and Charging Control, Sofrecom Tunisie (Orange)

As Specialist in Policy and Charging Control in Sofrecom, Jihed's expertise includes certifying the policy and charging control features within the operator ecosystem. Jihed was also part of various technical teams covering Data Charging Projects at the Orange Group, Orange Mali and Orange Bostwana. Jihed has a MSc in Telecommunications from Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis (SUP'COM), Tunisia.