As telecoms networks continue to expand their services, what even counts as a strategic investment these days? A selection of industry figures tell Global Venturing it can include Web3, ESG and 5G-related technologies.

Once upon a time telecommunications meant phone networks, but as connectivity has become ubiquitous telecoms companies are looking for ways to become more than just utilities or sets of ‘dumb pipes’ and the scope of their venture investments has expanded accordingly.

So what exactly is strategic for a telecoms firm in 2022?

“What is relevant in the telecom space today is not what was relevant 10, 15, 20 years ago,” says Mario Mele, vice-president of corporate planning and strategy…

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Robert Lavine

Robert Lavine is special features editor for Global Venturing.