At a time when the VAS ecosystem appears to be on the decline, Jonathan Bill, SVP (Innovation and Business Development) for Vodafone in India has been leading the charge for opening up the telecom operator networks to a wider ecosystem for participation, integrating telco billing for apps through third party vendors. As consumption of data increases and 4G networks (hopefully) grow, the relationship between telecom operators with both Mobile VAS and (Mobile) Internet and App companies is going to change. We’ll speak with Jonathan on how things should change, are changing, how telecom operators are expected to change, what the impact of 4G will be, and how the role of telecom operators will evolve, especially since they don’t want to operate as pipes.
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Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bill, SVP, Innovation & Business Development, Vodafone India
Jonathan Bill is SVP of Innovation and Business Development for Vodafone in India. Having been in India for 2 years he initially drove the data business to now stand at over 30 million monthly internet users. Now focused on developing innovation and monetization in the new world of Telco 2.0 he is leading Vodafone India’s new product and revenue development. A passionate participant in India’s rapidly evolving internet economy he is also a juror for the mBillionth awards and is widely regarded as an expert in the internet landscape. He has also recently presided over important changes in the eco-system to further drive India’s developer community.
Developing consumer propositions and products in data mean he closely works with solution providers as well as harnessing the capabilities of Vodafone Globally. He brings a wealth of emerging and developed market internet experience to India.
Prior to joining Vodafone India in 2011, Jonathan was Head of Emerging Markets for Vodafone Group running data and internet operations for emerging markets including 7 markets in Africa, Egypt and Central Europe – the growth engines for Vodafone.
Before working at Vodafone Group Jonathan spent two years driving the development of Egypts internet and data business and also lead the acquisition of the region’s largest Arabic content destination business on behalf of Vodafone Egypt.
Jonathan has held several key posts outside Vodafone including Commercial Director from inception for Real Media an online advertising business now acquired by WPP and Director of Business Development for EMEA at Reuters Media.
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