Ian Watson | Chief Executive Officer
Cellcard | Cambodia

Ian Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Cellcard

Born in England, Ian Watson made a name for himself in the telecommunications space in the last 26 years. He currently holds a number of key executive positions within the Royal Group of Companies, the largest conglomerate in the Kingdom of Cambodia, reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board.As Group Chief Executive for the cluster of companies under the Communications and Technology Division, Ian holds oversight responsibility for the businesses in mobile network operations, mobile commerce, broadcasting, internet service, satellite cable network, mobile lottery and mobile MFI. In addition to these 7 companies, Ian sits on the Board of Wing Holdings Pte Ltd in Singapore and Wing Cambodia Ltd as Executive Board Director.Following the successful turnaround of Wing Cambodia, Ian was appointed CEO for Cellcard in July 2012 and Group CEO for the Communications & Technology. Before moving to Cambodia to set up Refresh Mobile, the first provider of virtual commerce platforms, Ian was Chief Operating Officer of Texas-based Company, Iris Wireless, for 5 years. Previous to this, he held key positions for Orange, moving across various operations around the globe for 6 years, starting out as Head of Sales & Distribution to Group CCO for Orange Asia. His last held post was COO for Orange PCS Ltd.For 3 years, between 1994 and 1997, Ian was the Vice President of Operations for Brightpoint Inc. He started out as the Materials Manager for JCB Excavators and stayed with them for 6 years.Ian is a sharp businessman, forward-thinker and known to many as a powerful negotiator. He has a quiet but decidedly strong influence in the industry, cutting across borders. He is a respected leader, lauded by past and present colleagues for his unshakable drive to succeed. He is someone who can craft a worthwhile vision and deliver beyond expectations.Ian is an MBA graduate and currently resides both in Cambodia and the UK.

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Day One @ 11:30

PANEL: Getting 5G ready – Where are we now?

  • With the world’s major carriers preparing for this new technology, what is the current state of operator trials?
  • What are the technical and architectural implications of 5G
  • What will 5G cost – how much infrastructure spending is required?
  • Developing a viable model on a commercial and infrastructure level
  • New use cases, revenue models and applications
last published: 12/Oct/18 10:06 GMT

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