European mobile expert heads to Optus

To oversee network engineering down under

Optus has appointed Günther Ottendorfer as its new managing director for Optus Networks, effective immediately.

Ottendorfer will replace Glenn Lukey who had taken on an acting management role since August last year, after former director, Soo Meng Tay, was appointed networks vice president at Optus' parent company, SingTel.

In the role, Ottendorfer will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Optus Networks in addition to potential further investment in the telco’s IP, fixed and mobile network in the lead up to the launch of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

“Günther brings a wealth of technical and commercial knowledge as well as experience implementing convergent future technologies, across IP, mobile and fixed networks,” Optus chief executive, Paul O’Sullivan, said in a statement.

O'Sullivan has recently boasted of increased investment in Optus' mobile and fixed networks, with $2 billion spent by the company over the past five years to improve both sides of the network.

Prior to the role, Ottendorfer was European technical director at T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) where he oversaw the company’s mobile networks across continental Europe, managing multiple territories and the expansion of the operations including the planned roll out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G for 100 million customers. He also held an executive position with max.mobil.

He has also held the chairmanship at the Chamber of Commerce for the Austrian Telecommunications and Broadcasting companies and as a board member for the Next Generation Mobile Organisation.

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