Emmanuel began his career with Alcatel CIT in 1994 as a technical engineer. In 1996, he transitioned to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) as a systems engineer. Throughout his 23 years of service with ASN, his responsibilities included leading sales and marketing, engineering, and finance functions. He later joined Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (SSCC) in 2016 as its chief executive officer, where his responsibilities involved defining a digital strategy for Samoa, including managing the operations of SSCC to build and operate Samoa’s telecommunications infrastructure. In 2018, Emmanuel became OMS Group’s chief executive officer of the subsea telecommunications division, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the telecommunications division’s strategic growth based on market trends and opportunities and the growing influence of OTT companies in the submarine cable industry.
Emmanuel holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris School of Management, France.
What technology breakthrough would pave the way for the ICT industry?
There are several technologies that will be the benchmark for future advancement of the ICT industry. This includes 5G networks and the development of future generations of wireless technology; AI and machine learning technologies will continue to advance and open new opportunities in areas such as healthcare, finance, and manufacturing; Internet of Things is already revolutionizing many industries from agriculture to logistics; and blockchain technology, which has the potential to disrupt a wide range of industries.
A combination of these and other emerging technologies will shape the future of the ICT industry and pave the way for new opportunities and innovations. As technology continues to mature and new applications are developed, it could fundamentally change the way businesses operate, compared to today.
How can telecommunications technologies help humanity?
We have numerous first-hand experience in installing fiber-optic cable systems in some of the most rural locations on the planet. From our experience, telecommunications technologies play a crucial role in helping humanity, particularly in rural communities.
This includes improved access to information; assisting people in rural communities to stay connected with friends, family, businesses, government agencies, and healthcare providers; helping to reduce social isolation; and allowing access to services that may not be available locally.
Overall, telecommunications technologies have already started to bridge the global digital divide, and provide rural communities with greater access to information, services, and economic opportunities, improving their overall quality of life.
What value does PTC hold for you/your company?
OMS Group has always regarded PTC as an important organization that has been at the forefront in promoting the advancement of ICT in the industry, particularly in the Asia–Pacific region. We feel that such values are synergistic with our own values, and we are enthusiastically looking forward to actively participating in the PTC community.
How does PTC fit your company’s goals or career purpose?
As OMS Group expands our reach globally, we are aware that strong partnerships are key in ensuring we have the support for our growth and expansion plans. With PTC, we have a platform to enable us to meet and drive collaboration with numerous members in one place.
What advice would you share with current and future graduates interested in this field?
Embrace curiosity, learn continuously, and be adaptable. Dive into real-world projects, network with professionals, and prioritize soft skills. Embrace change, stay ethical, and showcase your passion. Our industry offers endless possibilities, so take bold steps and believe in yourself.
Additionally, this industry is seeing many of its seniors retiring. So, this is a great time for new graduates to come into the industry.
What industry mogul or up-and-coming leader have you followed or are currently pursuing, and why?
Netflix’s Executive Chairman, Reed Hastings has always impressed me with how he has innovated and evolved Netflix from a DVD-by-mail rental business to an on-demand Internet streaming company.
His innovative leadership has not only shaped Netflix into a global entertainment powerhouse but has also had a significant impact on the broader media and technology industries. His ability to anticipate market trends, take calculated risks, and leverage technology has been instrumental in making Netflix into a disruptive media powerhouse.
What has been a positive outcome organizationally or individually given the current state of the world?
One positive outcome, both organizationally and individually, given the current state of the world is the accelerated adoption and integration of technology in various aspects of life. The COVID-19 pandemic forced individuals, businesses, and governments to adapt quickly to the new reality, and technology played a vital role in facilitating this adaptation.
While the pandemic presented significant challenges, it also accelerated the adoption of technological solutions. These positive outcomes may continue to shape how we live, work, and interact in the post-pandemic world.
About OMS Group Sdn Bhd
OMS Group is a global, neutral, and integrated telecommunications infrastructure company with a wide range of services covering submarine cable laying and marine maintenance; hyperscale data center engineering, procurement, maintenance, and construction (EPC); cable laying station (CLS) and network backhaul under our interconnect managed services division.
Our capabilities in submarine fiber-optic cable systems, include installation and repair of deep and shallow water subsea fiber-optic cable systems, permitting in principle acquisitions, project management, direct shore ends, engineering, and subsea surveys. We have a strong track record in constructing and owning cable landing stations and terrestrial dark fiber which we have extended our offerings into building hyperscale data centers in Southeast Asia.