Norbert will join forces with our sales team and ensure that our customers are well taken care of and get their voices heard. Born and raised in France, he has been living in the US for 22 years and is today based in San Francisco, California. From there, he will further strengthen our presence in the US, making it even easier to provide that little extra for our North American customers. Aside from helping our customers to get to know our system as well as possible, he will make sure their feedback is used to make our products even better.

Norbert added a creative touch to his background in engineering and on top of his master’s degrees in Telecom and Business Unit Management, studying Liberal Arts in Madrid. He has worldwide experience in the telecom and IT industries, working for global equipment suppliers and operators in large corporations and start-ups. He has worked in consulting, sales and operations, and managed relationships with government representatives, enterprises, and strategic partners. 

Norbert shares our passion for Open Access and has worked as an Operations Director for Covage, an open access network operator in France and Spain.

To name just a few more of his former positions, he has worked as Services Director for Huawei in France, and before that, held a position as Business Development Manager for Interwave, a Silicon Valley start-up selling wireless solutions in Latin America and Asia. 

Before joining our team, Norbert has been working as a Consulting Director/Account Manager, covering the US and Canada, for a software company that develops web-based work management software.

Aside from Norbert’s professional background, San Francisco bay is his playground and he has already invited the team on a trip on his new sailing boat. Other than that, he is a fan of the golden state warriors who just won the 2022 NBA Championship!

“Norbert has a unique combination of an international telecom background and being one of few in the USA with extensive Open Access Network operations experience. As we now see a wave of new Open Access operators starting up in North America, and choosing our platform for their operations, there is no doubt  Norbert will be of great value for our growing team and customer base,” says Isak Finér, COS Systems CRO. 

 

Click here to connect with Norbert

Watch here what a great partnership like ours between COS, Lit Communities and Calix can look like and achieve!

 

 

 

Join Ashley in Keystone, Colorado May 23-25 for this year’s Mountain Connect conference. Or meet Mikael and Jessica in Vienna May 23-25 where we attend the world’s largest fiber summit, the FTTH Conference 2022.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a meeting and enjoy the weekend!
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From fashion to fiber

This week, we expanded our team with a new colleague. Maren Buchmüller joins our fantastic team as a Digital Marketing Manager with ten years of experience in communications and marketing, she will help us connect even more people to affordable broadband with our software.

Maren grew up in southern Germany and  after graduating from University of Heidelberg in 2011, she’s been living in different parts of Sweden  and  recently moved to Umeå where our head office is located. She claims to understand all Swedish accents now and is really excited about being able to bike to the office again 😉

After working in the public sector in southern Sweden, Maren spent the last five years working for one of the world’s biggest fashion retailers in Stockholm. At H&M Headquarters, she held positions both at the Marketing and the Online Sales department and is therefore experienced in working with global campaigns, large-scale collaborations as well as country-specific campaigns.

During her time at H&Ms Online Sales department she gained valuable insights into handling different CMS systems, switching between technical platforms in order to expand to different countries and learned what it actually takes to  reach the customer with your message.

She definitely sharpened her marketing skills during this period and knows how to put the customer first.

“We’re excited to have Maren on our team and know she will help us connect with our customers even better.” says COS Systems CRO Isak Finer.

BG Communications, an emerging network operator, is working closely with a large number of municipalities in Austria to build Open Access FTTH. Since 2021, they, with their subsidiary regioHELP, have been using COS Service Zones to capture customer interest and the COS Business Engine for operations. Automated provisioning is supported by COS’ partnership with Nokia.

In Austria, fibre penetration is not even 10% and especially in many rural regions it is a challenge to participate in the modern digital world. Erwin Moser, co-founder of RegioHELP, is a passionate advocate of projects oriented towards the common good. He was instrumental in the construction of a municipal wind farm as well as a area-wide fibre optic network in his hometown of Munderfing. After seeing the massive local support and benefits of the fibre network, he and his partner Willem Brinkert, co-founder and CEO of regioHELP and BG Communications, started looking for ways to roll out fibre on a larger scale and for the benefit of the region.

“After the expansion of the area-wide community network in Munderfing, my team and I were convinced that this could also be done in larger regions and even more efficiently. It was a matter of finding a model that benefits the regions and the citizens and makes sense from a financial point of view. That’s how we came up with our model. We work closely with the municipalities and the ownership rights are transferred to the municipalities in the long term. But initially we will take on all the work to get the network built and operational. By doing this on a large scale in several regions, we can be much more effective than one municipality could be alone,” Erwin Moser comments.

“To make this model work, we understood we needed an operations platform, a BSS/OSS, tailor built for Open Access and with a proven track record of enabling cost efficient and scalable operations. With COS Systems end-to-end platform, we found what we needed. With everything from the initial interest survey to pre-signups and zero-touch provisioning of services from multiple providers in one platform our operations are streamlined. We can simply do more with less people and scale faster”, says Willem Brinkert.

“We are honored to be supporting RegioHELP in their efforts to bring Open Access fiber to residents in these unserved and underserved regions. It aligns very well with our company mission to help connect the unconnected. We believe our software and knowledge within this space will help regiohelp scale faster and provide affordable high-speed broadband to more people sooner!”, says COS Systems CEO Mikael Philipsson.

 

About BG Communications:
BG Communications is a young innovative company that builds a nationwide fibre infrastructure for municipalities. As a disruptive player in the German-speaking fibre optic infrastructure scene, BG Communications relies on a cooperative model and thus direct cooperation with the municipalities. With the subsidiaries regioHELP eG and Glasfaser Spezial-Bau GmbH, a multitude of tasks are mapped “in-house”, allowing processes to be optimised and synergy effects to be used to enable efficient fibre optic expansion.

About COS Systems:
COS SYSTEMS provides Fiber to the Home operators and network owners all around the world with software for automating and digitizing every aspect of their Broadband venture. The COS software has a strong focus to support the end-to-end process and Open Access for best-in-class ROI and scalability in fiber to the home projects.
Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

COS Systems is a world leader in software for Fiber-to-the-home operators. With a unique offering for the end-to-end-automation of networks open to multiple providers (Open Access Ready networks), COS is extremely well positioned as this operating model grows exponentially world-wide. To grab this market opportunity, COS is looking to fill positions within marketing and sales.

One of the major aftermaths of the global pandemic is the expedited transfer to digital channels for everything from education, work, healthcare and entertainment. This global mega trend combined with massive grant programs, and readily available private investments for broadband infrastructure investments is making our market niche, fiber-to-the-home, explode.

At COS we are confident the future of marketing is digital and extremely targeted. As a digital Marketing Manager at COS you will have the opportunity to co-create our digital marketing strategy and then execute on it. We’re looking for a multi-talented professional who can produce content, drive marketing efforts, and work with multiple platforms such as Hubspot and LinkedIn to build and grow a solid pipeline of leads.

With unprecedented demand for our software solutions and increased marketing efforts, we also have an urgent need to increase our sales capacity. We are looking for Senior Sales Executives in both North America (USA or Canada) and Europe. Experience from the Fiber broadband industry and software is a strong qualification.

Read more about the open positions on our website and reach out to our hiring manager Isak Finer with any questions.

We’re starting off 2022 by heading out to see our clients, partners and potential customers. COS and their expanded North American team are hitting the road and heading to conferences – In person!

Don’t miss us as we exhibit at NTCA’s RTIME Event February 13-16th. Stop by booth 26 to discuss how we can help you double your take rates!

Next Stop – New Orleans! COS is heading back to FISPA Live!

We’re excited to attend the leading telecom conference for fiber ISP’s. We were too late to get hold of a booth, but schedule a meeting with our team and learn how COS can help you plan for funding, increase take rates and bring zero touch automation to your operations.

Reach out to ashley.poling@cossystems.com!

COS is excited to announce the expansion of their North American market presence and demand with the hiring of Ashley Poling to the position of Senior Sales Executive. Ashley joins COS with roughly 8 years experience in the community broadband and fiber to the home industry.

With a broadband consultancy background, Ashley has extensive experience working with municipalities, electric utilities and cooperatives to plan and launch fiber and broadband networks across the US from feasibility to network marketing.

Her deep understanding of how community broadband networks are planned and implemented will be critical to assisting COS’ existing and potential clients as they look to conduct broadband surveys, aggregate demand and ensure their network is built with quality data and take-rate goals, and that networks are designed for a successful operations with a fully automated and integrated BSS/OSS solution.

Most importantly Ashley brings her can do attitude to COS and dedication and belief that everyone should have access to world class fiber broadband. She is committed to ensuring her customers have the best tools to guarantee that fast, affordable broadband reaches every household, and that broadband operations become feasible across all markets and business models.

“We’re thrilled to have Ashley join our growing North American team. Her broad knowledge in our industry will make her a key player to ensure our, and most importantly, our clients’ success,” says COS Systems CRO Isak Finer.

Open Access models have been garnering more attention in Canada due to public funding requirements and as a part of Public Private Partnership (P3)-based municipal investments.

Isak Finér, COS Systems Chief Revenue Officer, will be speaking at Monday’s panel, 1:00-1:55 PM EST.
This panel will provide context and clarity to the definitions around Open Access, will discuss business and operating models, opportunities for service innovation and explore lessons learned from active Open Access network providers.

Canada’s Rural & Remote Broadband Conference is hosting their Winter Event on Monday, December 13th.

Click here to read more and register for the Event!