LotusFlare selected as one of the most promising companies by the GSMA

LotusFlare selected as one of the most promising companies by the GSMA

We are proud to announce that LotusFlare has been selected by the GSMA to be a part of this year’s GSMA 100. The GSMA 100 is a global initiative to discover and grow the world’s most promising companies that are the next generation of connectivity and digital services. More than 40 of the world’s top telecom operators gathered to select this year’s cohort of high-potential, high-growth companies and we were selected as #3 Pick in the Consumer Experience category.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you at MWC Americas in Los Angeles next week, where GSMA 100 activities will take place. Please write to contact@lotusflare if you’d like to meet and learn about we can help you drive acquisition, engagement and retention on your digital channels. To learn more about the GSMA 100 initiative, follow this link: https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-launches-gsma-100-initiative-to-advance-next-generation-of-connectivity-and-digital-services/

LotusFlare at Digital Transformation North America

LotusFlare at Digital Transformation North America

We are thrilled to announce our participation in Digital Transformation North America, the event that provides an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. The focus of the event is on "enabling open, collaborative conversations about the complexities of digital transformation". Digital Transformation North America will take place in Dallas, Texas on September 24th and will feature our CEO Sam Gadodia as a speaker on '2020 Digital Operator: Making Digital Transformation a Reality'. For more information on Digital Transformation North America and the full agenda, follow this link: https://dtna.tmforum.org/

How We Built LotusFlare’s Amazing Engineering Team

How We Built LotusFlare’s Amazing Engineering Team

Every engineer at LotusFlare will say we have an amazing team. The team is located in three continents, builds awesome products used by millions, and demonstrates effective cross-functional cooperation.  As an HR professional I’d like to share some of the keys to hiring and building a great international engineering team.

Passion

Surely, we look for top notch talent who work and collaborate effectively, brilliant minds with world-class coding skills, and people with the ability to deliver innovative solutions. But there is something else when it comes to working in a startup - and it is passion.

Big companies can rely on their well recognized brand name, proven revenue streams from established clients and deployed infrastructure. They have a long and rigorous hiring process and choose only people who are the “perfect fit.” Fast growing startups often don't have the luxury of time and brand name, and that's when they have to take a risk. The million dollar question is how do we take that risk and still win the team-building game?

I always approach challenging decisions like this by referring to Henry Ford: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!”

The fact is startups can provide a life-changing opportunity and we want to take world-changing people on this journey.  So, the first step of selecting a new member of our team is: choosing passionately.

Not only should the future employee be passionate about their job but also about the people who discovered them, interviewed them and welcomed them into their teams.  People are only able to express their full potential if they are passionate about what they do while having the guts to trust their instinct.

LotusFlare's Serbia team

Transparency

Transparency has always been the forte of start-up companies. Transparency at its core means being honest, helpful and open minded. Start-ups often offer a fun working environment but also have longer working hours. Being transparent with team members about their needs, requirements and decision making, is essential for enabling them to ask questions,improve faster, and be creative in problem solving. Executing well on this supports faster scaling, and at LotusFlare we do a great job in being transparent.

Trust

We don't have a hierarchy but we do respect each one of our team members and they do respect each other.  We believe in creating an environment where you want to work and we believe in nurturing core human values. Our values such as being passionate, long term thinkers, determined, persistent and humble, (along with great benefits) are what we highlight when hiring new employees.

While working on a product that disrupts an entire industry, we have built a game changing team by nurturing these key values. They are passionate and dedicated people who ask why and improve, but most of all they are happy!  Not long ago, I began asking candidates about their feedback after the interview process was over, and many times the response was that we have a team of happy people. In my humble opinion if the team feels like the one you want to work with then it is an amazing team.

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      We are heading to beautiful Nice, France for Digital Transformation World later this month. The event takes place between May 14th and 16th and explores the 'How' of Digital Transformation. We are looking forward to meeting other innovative companies working on 5G and digital ecosystems. Contact us if you'd also like to meet us there. 

We are heading to beautiful Nice, France for Digital Transformation World later this month. The event takes place between May 14th and 16th and explores the 'How' of Digital Transformation. We are looking forward to meeting other innovative companies working on 5G and digital ecosystems. Contact us if you'd also like to meet us there. 

      This week Sprint and T-Mobile announced their intentions to merge (again). The move would combine the 3rd and 4th largest wireless operators in the United States. If the deal is approved, the resulting company would be the nation’s second-biggest wireless carrier after Verizon, controlling roughly 100 million customers. Sprint was valued at $26 billion based on its last closing price, and T-Mobile was last valued at $55 billion. The merger was first discussed in 2014 but scrapped because of concerns about regulatory challenges from the Obama administration.  The agreement would leave just three major wireless carriers in the United States but must first clear antitrust regulators.  From what has been announced the combined company would be based in Bellevue, Washington, and will be called T-Mobile. Current T-Mobile CEO John Legere will run the combined company. T-Mobile’s majority owner Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42 percent stake in the company, while Sprint’s majority owner SoftBank will hold 27 percent, with public stakeholders holding the rest. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son will sit on the combined company’s board.  At LotusFlare we like to look at events in the industry through the lens of customer experience.   T-Mobile has probably had the biggest impact in changing the digital customer experience among any US carrier over the past decade.  The “Uncarrier” has transformed how customers buy and manage their wireless service. With innovative moves like doing away with long-term contracts that lock customers into a carrier, offering free Netflix, low cost international roaming, and unlimited data plans T-Mobile has been a disruptor in the industry.  T-Mobile Tuesdays have set the bar for reward and loyalty programs. The gift app and #GetThanked campaign lets T-Mobile customers claim weekly bonus offers every Tuesday, including free food, movie tickets, Lyft rides and more, all through its free smartphone app. T-Mobile Tuesdays is available to all T-Mobile subscribers, including prepaid users. Customers can download the app, register their T-Mo phone number, and check back each Tuesday for their exclusive gifts and prize draws.  We think these cutting-edge reward and loyalty push the industry forward and benefit the customer.          

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          As a result of these initiatives, and others, T-Mobile moved from #4 to #3 in the US market.  Based on 2017 data from Ookla, T-Mobile has the fastest mobile network in the United States, with a Speed Score of 23.17 on modern devices during Q1-Q2 2017. The combination of a tightly-spaced cell site grid and a smaller subscriber base than Verizon and AT&T could be the keys to T-Mobile’s success in the U.S. market and to their ability to support the exponential growth in mobile data consumption.          

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


           5G   Today the whole wireless industry is racing to deploy a next-generation wireless data technology called 5G. Sprint and T-Mobile say that only together can they pour enough resources into a world-class 5G network that’s competitive with AT&T and Verizon. By joining forces, the combined 5G network might be deeper and broader than what either could have deployed individually. But there is still a lot of uncertainty related to 5G and some of the more innovative uses, such as onnected cars and homes, won’t come online until after 2020.   Conclusion   Typically, when a merger like this (really an acquisition by T-Mobile) is announced, there is a fever pitch. Everyone thinks the two companies are on the same page and it’s only a question of getting government approval. In a few cases, mergers that didn’t happen the first time, are often eventually approved on the second try.  Reducing the number of major carriers in the U.S. from four to three will change the competitive landscape in a way that could increase prices. A combined Sprint and T-Mobile could make for one powerhouse of a carrier with the customer base and clout of Verizon and AT&T. 5G network roll out would likely be accelerated.  The deal isn’t expected to finalize until the first half of 2019. Before that happens, the companies need the approval of both the Department of Justice, which will look at antitrust concerns, and the Federal Communications Commission, which examines whether deals are in the public interest.  We’ll stay tuned as developments unfold but we are skeptical the proposed merger will be approved.

This week Sprint and T-Mobile announced their intentions to merge (again). The move would combine the 3rd and 4th largest wireless operators in the United States. If the deal is approved, the resulting company would be the nation’s second-biggest wireless carrier after Verizon, controlling roughly 100 million customers. Sprint was valued at $26 billion based on its last closing price, and T-Mobile was last valued at $55 billion. The merger was first discussed in 2014 but scrapped because of concerns about regulatory challenges from the Obama administration.

The agreement would leave just three major wireless carriers in the United States but must first clear antitrust regulators.

From what has been announced the combined company would be based in Bellevue, Washington, and will be called T-Mobile. Current T-Mobile CEO John Legere will run the combined company. T-Mobile’s majority owner Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42 percent stake in the company, while Sprint’s majority owner SoftBank will hold 27 percent, with public stakeholders holding the rest. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son will sit on the combined company’s board.

At LotusFlare we like to look at events in the industry through the lens of customer experience. 

T-Mobile has probably had the biggest impact in changing the digital customer experience among any US carrier over the past decade.  The “Uncarrier” has transformed how customers buy and manage their wireless service. With innovative moves like doing away with long-term contracts that lock customers into a carrier, offering free Netflix, low cost international roaming, and unlimited data plans T-Mobile has been a disruptor in the industry.

T-Mobile Tuesdays have set the bar for reward and loyalty programs. The gift app and #GetThanked campaign lets T-Mobile customers claim weekly bonus offers every Tuesday, including free food, movie tickets, Lyft rides and more, all through its free smartphone app. T-Mobile Tuesdays is available to all T-Mobile subscribers, including prepaid users. Customers can download the app, register their T-Mo phone number, and check back each Tuesday for their exclusive gifts and prize draws.  We think these cutting-edge reward and loyalty push the industry forward and benefit the customer.

 
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As a result of these initiatives, and others, T-Mobile moved from #4 to #3 in the US market.

Based on 2017 data from Ookla, T-Mobile has the fastest mobile network in the United States, with a Speed Score of 23.17 on modern devices during Q1-Q2 2017. The combination of a tightly-spaced cell site grid and a smaller subscriber base than Verizon and AT&T could be the keys to T-Mobile’s success in the U.S. market and to their ability to support the exponential growth in mobile data consumption.

 
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5G

Today the whole wireless industry is racing to deploy a next-generation wireless data technology called 5G. Sprint and T-Mobile say that only together can they pour enough resources into a world-class 5G network that’s competitive with AT&T and Verizon. By joining forces, the combined 5G network might be deeper and broader than what either could have deployed individually. But there is still a lot of uncertainty related to 5G and some of the more innovative uses, such as onnected cars and homes, won’t come online until after 2020.

Conclusion

Typically, when a merger like this (really an acquisition by T-Mobile) is announced, there is a fever pitch. Everyone thinks the two companies are on the same page and it’s only a question of getting government approval. In a few cases, mergers that didn’t happen the first time, are often eventually approved on the second try.

Reducing the number of major carriers in the U.S. from four to three will change the competitive landscape in a way that could increase prices. A combined Sprint and T-Mobile could make for one powerhouse of a carrier with the customer base and clout of Verizon and AT&T. 5G network roll out would likely be accelerated.

The deal isn’t expected to finalize until the first half of 2019. Before that happens, the companies need the approval of both the Department of Justice, which will look at antitrust concerns, and the Federal Communications Commission, which examines whether deals are in the public interest.

We’ll stay tuned as developments unfold but we are skeptical the proposed merger will be approved.

      Only 9 days to go! We are heading to the Mobile Carriers Show, the annual event organised by the Competitive Carriers Association. This is the best venue for carriers to learn about smart strategies, technology innovation and business opportunities. Contact us if you'd like to meet in Las Vegas and talk about how we can power your #DigitalTransformation. 

Only 9 days to go! We are heading to the Mobile Carriers Show, the annual event organised by the Competitive Carriers Association. This is the best venue for carriers to learn about smart strategies, technology innovation and business opportunities. Contact us if you'd like to meet in Las Vegas and talk about how we can power your #DigitalTransformation. 

      Only ten days to go: the LotusFlare team is getting ready to head to sunny Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the largest gathering in the mobile industry. The theme this year is "creating a better future". Please contact us if you'd like to meet during the event: we are looking forward to meeting other innovators, partners and mobile operators to talk about #DigitalTransformation and building a more accessible mobile Internet for everyone. We are also pleased to announce that our CEO Sam Gadodia will be talking at the GSMA Global Innovation Forum on February 25th on the topic "Digital Transformation and Innovation in the Customer Journey". 

Only ten days to go: the LotusFlare team is getting ready to head to sunny Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the largest gathering in the mobile industry. The theme this year is "creating a better future". Please contact us if you'd like to meet during the event: we are looking forward to meeting other innovators, partners and mobile operators to talk about #DigitalTransformation and building a more accessible mobile Internet for everyone. We are also pleased to announce that our CEO Sam Gadodia will be talking at the GSMA Global Innovation Forum on February 25th on the topic "Digital Transformation and Innovation in the Customer Journey". 

      We are delighted to welcome Roy Chestnutt to our advisory board. With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, Roy brings his executive-level knowledge and experience in strategy and operations to the LotusFlare leadership team. Prior to his advisory role at LotusFlare, Roy served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications, and as Chairman of the Chief Strategy Officers Group of the GSMA. He has also held executive roles at Motorola Networks, Sprint-Nextel, Grande Communications and Rio Holdings. Roy tells us: “I’m excited to be a part of LotusFlare’s advisory board and contribute to the company’s growth and market strategy. LotusFlare’s unique cloud-based solution is essential for helping carrier’s address one of their most pressing problems: delivering advanced digital services in order to remain relevant in the age of OTT players.”

We are delighted to welcome Roy Chestnutt to our advisory board. With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, Roy brings his executive-level knowledge and experience in strategy and operations to the LotusFlare leadership team. Prior to his advisory role at LotusFlare, Roy served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications, and as Chairman of the Chief Strategy Officers Group of the GSMA. He has also held executive roles at Motorola Networks, Sprint-Nextel, Grande Communications and Rio Holdings. Roy tells us: “I’m excited to be a part of LotusFlare’s advisory board and contribute to the company’s growth and market strategy. LotusFlare’s unique cloud-based solution is essential for helping carrier’s address one of their most pressing problems: delivering advanced digital services in order to remain relevant in the age of OTT players.”