Welcome to the latest instalment of MG Meets Ext, where we get to know external employees from around the world that work with Manning Global. This month we chatted to Huawei CBG España’s DWDM Planning & Design Engineer Nicolás Oviedo about 5G and the future of telecoms. Plus he also revealed the most wonderwall choice of favourite song!
Firstly, thanks for agreeing to speak to us Nicolás, to get us started, please could you tell us a little about how you came to work with Manning Global…
An ex-colleague, who works in Argentina, tagged me in the Linkedin publication where the work proposal was.
You have over 9 years’ career experience working in telecoms – how did you enter this profession? Please could you summarise your career journey…
After graduating, I started to work in Telefónica de Argentina within the ‘Young Professionals Program’. Three years later, I changed company, to Cablevisión, where I continued to improve myself. Once I emigrated to Europe, I started to work with new tech – DWDM – for Huawei.
What are your main duties as DWDM Planning & Design Engineer?
To design connection solutions for the client on the DWDM network. This network is constantly changing, so it’s key to optimise resources.
What is your advice to someone considering a career in telecommunications in 2020?
If you like technology and constant innovation, don’t hesitate, train yourself constantly and you won’t lack challenges!
Back to your 9+ experience in telecoms: what’s been the biggest technological advancement in those years?
Mobile communications technology has undoubtedly generated the need for bandwidth growth of all networks, in my specific field of work, the jump from SDH to DWDM and then the emergence of T-SDN (Transport Software Defined Network) are for me the most important advancements in telecoms.
What excites you the most about the future of telecoms?
I’m excited to see how technology transforms to provide solutions to new needs.
What’s your favourite tool for communicating with people?
I use WhatsApp, Instagram, email and good old fashioned phone calls!
What are your thoughts on 5G and how do you feel it will benefit businesses and consumers going forward?
I think that multiple business opportunities will appear in all areas. The almost zero latency will allow us to communicate and relate in completely new ways; it’s a challenge for companies to adapt to these changes and for consumers who will be involved in a hyper-connected world.
What’s a typical working day like working at Huawei in Madrid?
The challenges are constant. We work in a multicultural environment that requires empathy and understanding.
Speaking of Madrid, what do you like most about the city?
The architecture, the cultural offerings, its history, oh and the public transport!
Are there any other countries in the world you would like to work, if so, why would you like to work there?
Sydney, Australia, because it’s a very modern city and has a beach.
What was your dream job as a child?
I wanted to be a veterinarian, in fact I went to high school that specialises in animals and farming, however I didn’t enjoy it enough to continue studying.
What’s your proudest professional accomplishment?
I participated in the union of two totally independent networks in Argentina.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to work out, take photos and fly my little drone!
Finally, if you could listen to one song, what would it be?
Wonderwall by Oasis.