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Milan as Europe’s New Connectivity Hub

Italy, and Milan specifically, is quickly becoming a key location for connectivity providers. Northern Italy has long been a transportation hub for air, rail, and road traffic but as the country’s digitalization speeds up, the region is becoming increasingly prominent as a center for Internet traffic, too.

Will Milan be at the core of new connections to Africa and the Middle East? How do service providers decide where their next investment will be? And what can enterprises expect when it comes to intercontinental Internet traffic in the region? These are just some of the questions that will be discussed in this webinar session. Experts from the world’s leading connectivity providers, Equinix and Telia Carrier, are joined by Andy Hicks, Principal Analyst from GlobalData.

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Presenters

Mattias Fridström
Mattias Fridström
Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier

With over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded.

Mattias combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame?

Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within Telia Carrier and most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he is Telia Carriers Chief Evangelist.

Davide Binaghi
Davide Binaghi
Managing Director Italy, Telia Carrier

Based in Milan, Davide Binaghi is the Managing Director of Telia Carrier Italy, responsible for Wholesale business and for addressing network development and expansion in Italy.

Davide has been working at Telia Group since 2000, taking part of the international Carrier operation start-up in Milan. He became Managing Director in 2006 and is since then representing the Telia continuity and commitment within Italy.

Before his time at Telia, Davide has worked in major operators and telcos manufacturing such us BT and Siemens. Passionate about all kind of sports, he loves particularly skiing, sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Matt George
Matt George
Director of Enterprise Transformation, EMEA

Matt has been with Equinix over 9 years and is one of the company’s Global SME’s (subject matter experts) on multi-sector digital transformation. He runs a team that provides a go-to-market overlay between Field Sales and Technical Solutions covering 15 countries across the EMEA footprint. Prior to Equinix Matt held Senior Business Development and Commercial Management roles at BT, Sky, TiVo & Flextech (Virgin Media).

Emmanuel Becker
Emmanuel Becker
Managing Director, Equinix Italy

Emmanuel Becker joined Equinix in August 2017 as Managing Director for Italy. Before joining Equinix, he held the role of Managing Director for Italy at eServGlobal, Vocalcom, Easynet Group (now Interoute) and at DATA4 Group. Outside of Italy, Emmanuel developed and supported businesses – including his own consulting company, BDM International – in Germany, Spain, France, Belgium and Argentina. Emmanuel brings a wealth of expertise to Equinix, having worked in various market verticals, particularly in ICT and telecoms. He has a rich network of professional relationships, is a member of key industry associations, and is an Ambassador for French Tech Milan. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Itin-Escia Paris.

Paola Montanari
Paola Montanari
Global Solutions Architect, Equinix Italy

Expert in network and cloud connectivity services. Looking back on various roles in multinational companies in Sales Engineering, Product Management, Solution Sales and now Global Solutions Architect. Deep knowledge in ICT topics, fully engaged in hybrid multicloud transformation projects , focussed on multicloud connectivity and next generation network services (SD WAN,VNF) adoption. Consistently steering the most suitable solution for customers. Target oriented, local and global team player.

Andy Hicks
Andy Hicks
Principal Analyst, Global Telecom Technology and Software, GlobalData

Andy joined GlobalData in 2018 as a Principal Analyst, covering IP systems, services and software in the telecommunications industry Prior to Global Data, Hicks spent 10 years at IDC There he established and coordinated the Telco 2025 research stream, focusing on digital transformation, operations, partner ecosystems, and IT strategy at the carrier Earlier, Hicks was managing director at an equity research and capital markets services firm and taught language and literature at Columbia University, where he earned an MA and PhD in Russian Literature He also holds an AB in Russian studies from Amherst College.

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