The mind behind the business…

GD Telecom is owned and managed by George Debbo, who has over 40-years of experience within the telecommunications field.

George served in senior executive positions both within the operator environment and within the vendor community. He therefore possesses knowledge and insight on both sides of the telecommunications sphere, and uses this knowledge and experience to add value to clients, which include network operators, service providers and vendors.
During his long career, George has been involved in a number of network technology evolution projects, both in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa, and thus clearly understands the issues in adopting and deploying new technologies, such as SDN & NFV. His interest in SDN & NFV started shortly after the group of Tier 1 network operators published their white paper in October 2012, and is specifically directed towards deployment of this technology within Africa. George believes that there are significant benefits for network operators in Africa to deploy SDN & NFV, considering the specific, and in some cases, unique challenges that African network operators experience.

George has attended a number of SDN & NFV Conferences overseas, and will this year be Chairman of the SDN & Network Virtualization stream at the AfricaCom Conference, which will be held in Cape Town in November. George also serves as a Participant on the ETSI NFV Industry Study Group (ISG), which was formed in November 2012. The ETSI NFV ISG comprises a group of experts working on developing the required standards for NFV, as well as sharing experience on NFV deployment and early implementation. Today the ISG membership is made up of 270 individual companies including 38 of the world’s major service providers, as well as representatives from both telecom and IT vendors.

Over and above his consultancy work, George is also involved in a number of leadership and senior management roles within the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

He currently serves on this bodies Executive Committee (ExCo) and Council, and is Chairman of the Technology & Knowledge Leadership Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the Electronic and Software Section. George is also Chairman of the Organizing Committee that is currently planning the hosting of a Conference in February 2016 addressing Smart Grids.

Should you require additional information or have an inquiry, feel free to contact us.


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GD Telecom is a leading SDN & NFV consultancy practice that can assist and support your organization in adopting and deploying these technologies within your network and business environment.