My name is Simon Mackey. And I’m part of something exciting.
Somebody once said that happiness is doing something you like for people you want to help. If that’s true, then I’m pretty happy indeed.
I’m part of a team delivering a new cutting-edge network in countries such as Vanuatu, a small island in the South Pacific. Ours is a converged solution, providing fixed line, mobile and broadband all in the same package.
The main barrier to providing access in remote areas will always be cost. But at Nokia Siemens Networks, we have all sorts of ways to reduce this problem. In the pacific we’re offering mobile base stations capable of running on solar or wind-power, which really helps cut down energy costs, hence the cost of service.
In some of the more remote island countries, people have had very little access to modern communications. In these communities, the simple data services we’re
introducing are going to make a big difference. Text services and internet access can have major impact – from the big things like providing access to tsunami warnings to the little things like helping a farmer find out what price to sell potatoes at the local market.
The project in Vanuatu is now underway. We’re already targeting to roll it out in other islands, like Tonga and the Solomon Islands.
You may think working in the Pacific is a really exotic, island-hopping lifestyle, full of beaches and palm trees. The truth is it’s more about meeting different cultures and being a part of an amazing ecosystem. For example, the last time I was in Tonga, a volcano erupted and we’re working now to assist after a recent Tsunami. That was something I never expected to experience in my lifetime.
For me, the most motivating thing about my job is the challenge and the responsibility it gives me. It’s rare to get the chance to build a cutting-edge network for a whole country, yet I am doing just that – several time we hope!
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