Over the last five years Paul Budde has established himself as one of the world’s foremost advisers on the deployment of national broadband networks for digital development. He has been successful in providing a vision, linked to policy and business strategies, which shows that high-speed broadband is essential national infrastructure for the next stage of social and economic development, and that government leadership is needed to achieve a rapid deployment, nationwide, in order to stay internationally competitive and to maintain current lifestyle expectations.
After assisting the Australian government in setting up its NBN, Paul advised governments in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand and Qatar. This culminated in assisting the United Nation to form the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, to which he is currently a special adviser.
Using the insights he gained from this process Paul’s has expanded his consultancy activities to focus on sector and industry transformation. It has become clear that today’s economic climate is forcing organisations to transform themselves and ICT infrastructure (broadband, smart grids, cloud computing, datacentres, M2M and big data) are all of major importance in this. Without a smart use of ICT organisations will not be able to transform and achieve the digital productivity that can often remove 50% or more of the costs attached to their current business model.
A similar level of digital productivity needs to be achieved in sectors such as telecommunications, media, energy utilities, retail, healthcare, education and so on.
Paul advises investment companies – over 100 in the last decade – of the consequences, opportunities and risks related to the transformation of individual telcos, ISPs, media companies and new digital companies arriving in the market.
He organises workshops and training sessions for businesses aimed at facilitating this process of change – checking out new businesses models and looking at opportunities and potential risks.