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Veteran Telecommunications Analyst Karl Whitelock Joins IDC

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International Data Corporation (IDC)
today announced that it has hired Karl
Whitelock
as Research Vice President, Communications Service
Provider (Comms SP) - Operations & Monetization industry practice. With
more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry,
Whitelock brings strategic insight and global perspectives to the
operations and monetization functions of communications service
providers.

In his new role, Whitelock will be responsible for IDC's global telecom
operations and monetization strategies and market analysis, market
share, and forecast research. In addition, he will provide network
virtualization operations development insight and impact analysis of
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking
(SDN) pertaining to the Comms SP operations and monetization functions.
He will also provide market insight concerning the multi-partner (B2B2X)
ecosystem enablement processes, solution delivery, and monetization as
cloud-based solutions and monetization models for the Internet of Things
(IoT) take hold.

Prior to joining IDC, Whitelock was the Global Director of Strategy for
the Orchestration, Data Analytics & Monetization (ODAM) practice at
Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan. In this role, his research focused on
changing business and supplier models (B2B2C) and their impact on the
operations and monetization functions. Whitelock was also one of the
founders of Stratecast Partners where he established the Stratecast
Global OSS/BSS Competitive Strategies practice. Before Stratecast,
Whitelock held senior positions at Agilent Technologies, OSI, Anderson
Consulting (now Accenture), and US West (now CenturyLink) covering
solution strategy.

"With a massive 5G upgrade cycle just round the corner, the rapidly
evolving communications service provider environment goes well beyond
the network to include a blending of the full operations and
monetization IT stack with the network itself," said Rohit
Mehra
, vice president, Network
Infrastructure
at IDC. "As virtualization architectures and
processes continue to mature at multiple levels, Karl brings a wealth of
insight concerning the changing business and network operations
requirements, which enhances IDC's telecom infrastructure perspective on
the communications marketplace. We are indeed pleased to welcome Karl to
IDC."

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the
premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and
events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer
technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers
global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry
opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and
insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment
community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their
key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG),
the world's leading media, data and marketing services company that
activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. To learn
more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com.
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