Nextedge Partners was a Strategic Management Consultancy company founded in 2004 by a team of formerly Fastweb Executive Directors and Managers. The focus of the Company is to provide high level consultancy and executive management figures in order to develop and implement advanced projects for Operators (new and incumbent) for the implementation of New Generation Networks and Services (3Play, new technologies, etc.)
BulldogTM Project (UK)
The major Project undertaken during the past two years has been the start-up of the UK broadband Operator Bulldog Broadband. Nextedge has been appointed by C&W at the time of Bulldog's acquisition to manage the transition and evolution from an ordinary ISP toward the first provider of Double Play Services over ADSL (Triple Play ready) in a real LLU scenario as an alternative to the incumbent Operator BT. Nextedge has provided managers which have been collocated in key roles throughout the Business areas (Network, IT and Marketing).
In Bulldog I've worked in the CTO staff, covering high level management roles in the different Network Areas: Engineering, Network Planning and Implementation and Network Operations.
Here some of the main activities and achievements.
Network Engineering : Double Play Solution over ATM end to end design and implementation including Vendors' selection and management with respect to roadmap and functional requirements (Core, Access and CPE). Triple Play over GE end to end network design (Core, Access and CPE). Voice Platform Deployment for PATS Voice services delivery (through Class 5 Softswitch).
Network Planning and Implementation: Network Roll-out co-ordination and overall Project Management (from 33 to 408 DLEs UK wide in 6 months); GE new technology deployment and footprint increase (up to 630 sites).
The activity consisted of the co-ordination of the Project Roll-out team in achieving the network footprint expansion. This area included activities inherent to Vendors Management and co-ordination for the Network Roll-out (Marconi for the DSLAM, C&W and BT for the back-haul and Juniper/Marconi/Italtel for the Core Data and Voice Network), End to End acceptance process management and co-ordination, Project and Program managers co-ordination.
Network Operations: Processes and Procedures definition and implementation to support the fast growing network (24x7 NOC, Network Integration and Network Support - Voice and Data teams). Definition and preparation for the Video Services support.
Cross functional activities: Budget and Business Plan building up and modelling; Technical support to the Procurement Department for Vendor's selection. And agreements negotiation.IS Network Systems definition and integration (Inventory, Trouble ticketing and Network Monitoring).
Monaco Telecom (Monaco)
This project consisted in a detailed technical evaluation and assessment of the existing Network architecture (Access, Edge and Core) and in the proposal and high level design for the upgrade to delivery of 3Play services over DSL, the relevant Network; roll-out planning and estimation; comparison of the XDSL based solution with the Cable network based one and the relevant budgeting and costing (from the CAPEX perspective)