What network challenges does the industry face as we head to the middle of 2018 and beyond?
The capacity demand is acute and the expansionary progress of networks especially in long haul and metro segments are not adequate enough to cater to the needs right away.

What technologies do you see changing / shaping the industry and how?
For sure - IOT and Big Data ....

What impact will industry changes (you describe the industry change) have on digital transformation plans within organizations?
Immense - we are gearing up within our current product lines to evolve as an organization that has the base ready to be able to capitalize on these transformations as 'pioneers'.

How important is SDN for the industry and what is your company doing to implement and deploy this technology capability?
For enterprise, it is the need of the hour. We see a lot of traction there and have already mobilized our resources to set up such strategic partnerships whereby we can effectively address the SDN market needs.

Are you seeing Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning deployed (or planning to deploy) in your business - and how?
Not yet, but we envision taking that direction within Y2018.

What broad trends do you see in telecoms in the next 12 months?
Massive rise in capacity consumption will be observed in next 12 months

What are new developments and initiatives that are exciting for your company in 2018?
Firewall as a service, SDN, SIEMs, etc for now

What technologies or solutions inhibiting growth today and how do you see innovation adapting to solve that problem?
The far-fetched reach through wireless solutions (radio, microwave and satellite) is still a bandwidth constraining media. We strive to reach out to such places through wired media, but often feasibility is not strong to achieve that.

Why is ITW such an important industry event for you and your company?
This is by far the most suitable event to form cohesion with senior leadership of current / prospect partners.

Tarique Aslam Qureshi is a techpreneur who excels in the inception of new business ventures, developing them and transitioning them to the operations team after ensuring sustainable profitability.