GlobalData research has found the top telecommunications influencers based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Verdict has named ten of the most influential people in telecommunications on Twitter during Q1 2020.
Biggest influencers in telecommunications: The top ten in Q1 2020
1. Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel)
Evan Kirstel is a top B2B analyst and influencer. Ranked as one of the most influential B2B marketers in the US, Evan has worked with customers across technologies such as IoT, blockchain, cloud, AR, VR, big data, cyber security, and analytics. The influencer re-tweeted on scientists having rubbished links between the use of 5G and a lowered immune system, assuming it to be spreading the coronavirus.
He also re-tweeted on reports surrounding Huawei and the use of forced labour, urging the government to examine the issue closely before it gets in the way of the 5G process.
Twitter followers: 268,748
GlobalData influencer score: 100
The reports surrounding Huawei and the use of forced labour from Uighur Muslims are concerning. People want better connectivity, but they don't want it built on the back of slave labour. The Government must examine this closely before it goes any further into the 5G process. pic.twitter.com/4mNs40g6Fk
— Alistair Carmichael (@amcarmichaelMP) March 4, 2020
2. Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC)
Ajit Pai is an American lawyer, and chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The telecom expert held a number of bilateral meetings in India and Singapore of late discussing spectrum efficiency and 5G, as well as innovations and cyber security. He also advocates that remote learning, telework, and telehealth are key in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Chinese telecom vendors such as Huawei is facing curbs in the US. However, India asserted that it will not bar any equipment supplier in the upcoming 5G trials.
Twitter followers: 73,982
GlobalData influencer score: 53
A major #telehealth announcement by @POTUS regarding "a dramatic expansion of our Medicare telehealth services": patients can "now visit any doctor by phone or videoconference at no additional cost," including #FaceTime/#Skype. Connected care is critical! https://t.co/eYyFZnYRMq
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) March 17, 2020
3. Jeff Kagan (@jeffkagan)
Jeff Kagan is a telecom analyst and columnist sharing stories on wireless, telecom, pay TV, digital healthcare, telehealth, telemedicine, automotive, and more. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, he shares his thoughts and opinions on companies and technologies.
Twitter followers: 72,486
GlobalData influencer score: 51
Here is a quantum computer from @IBM (Q System One).
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) January 7, 2020
4. Dez Blanchfield (@dez_blanchfield)
Dez Blanchfield is a venture capitalist and the chief data scientist and creator of Sociall Inc., driving outcomes through integrated media, design, and strategies. He brings 25 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, developing strategies and business initiatives. Dez is of the opinion that 5G will tranform almost every industry, including healthcare.
Twitter followers: 232,286
GlobalData influencer score: 49
#podcast I caught up with Mo Katibeh @MoKatibeh, #CMO for @ATTBusiness to get the latest on #5G, #AR / #VR, #Healthcare, #Manufacturing, #Entertainment & more. Tune in for our fireside chat & an exciting lens into the future!https://t.co/UD51X1Va9v#sponsored #attinfluencer
— Dez Blanchfield (@dez_blanchfield) February 28, 2020
5. Rich Simmonds (@RichSimmondsZA)
Rich Simmonds is a leading technologist and disruptive influencer. Also regarded as one of the top 20 global digital marketing influencers in the world. Simmonds is also an author and facilitator of leadership communication. He tweets on how 5G networks will enable customer experiences.
Twitter followers: 484,260
GlobalData influencer score: 45
6. Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar)
Vala Afshar is a digital marketing evangelist at Salesforce. He is also the author of The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence. Afshar also co-hosts DisrupTV, a weekly show covering the latest information on digital business, innovation, and technology. Vala Afshar believes that 5G will transform industries.
He also believes that the current Covid-19 pandemic will accelerate the adoption of ecommerce, drone delivery services, and video conferencing, and voice mobile applications, among others, requiring robust networks to sustain the remote demands.
Twitter followers: 424,164
GlobalData influencer score: 44
2020 will vastly accelerate adoption of:
2 drone delivery
3 digital contactless payments
4 video conferencing
5 autonomous vehicles
6 wearable health monitors
7 3D manufacturing
8 voice mobile applications
9 online learning
10 smart robotics https://t.co/dpYoU6j3C8 pic.twitter.com/IDsssoguhr
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 21, 2020
7. Tamara Mccleary (@TamaraMcCleary)
Tamara Mccleary is the CEO of Thulium, digital social media marketing agency. Regarded as the number one most influential women in MarTech, Tamara is known for her pioneering marketing strategies on social media for B2B and enterprise.
Tamara tweets about revenues from 5G IoT connections expected to reach $8 billion by 2024, urging telecom operators to develop comprehensive value-added services to enable IoT.
Twitter followers: 306,565
GlobalData influencer score: 44
— Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) February 18, 2020
8. Diana Adams (@adamsconsulting)
Diana Adams is technology journalist, technology blogger, and the co-founder of Adams Consulting Group. She is also a social media influencer for Ericsson Digital and Ericsson Networks. Her works are focused around digital transformation and technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, big data, and cloud computing.
Diana believes that the era of 5G will not only bring faster speeds but also lower latency. She agrees that it will bring with it a new level of network complexity, and that service providers would have to keep their finger on the pulse of customer experiences while accelerating 5G deployments.
Twitter followers: 150,810
GlobalData influencer score: 41
#5G for Consumers: Behind the Scenes of Bringing 5G to You and Me
Learn what happens to make all aspects of 5G workhttps://t.co/PKfBG0tdqX
— Diana Adams (@adamsconsulting) March 10, 2020
9. Jaymie Scotto Cutaia (@jscotto)
Jaymie Scotto Cutaia is the founder and CEO of Jaymie Scott & Associates (JSA), which oversees all aspects of company activities and operations ranging from public relations and marketing to product execution. A monthly contributor to Forbes, Jamie headed marketing and public relations for Telx, an operator for co-location and interconnection facilities in the US.
Jamie re-tweeted on the world undergoing a paradigm shift with even more people working remotely, with the race for 5G wireless technology ramping up even faster.
Twitter followers: 13,910
GlobalData influencer score: 37
— Hylan (@TheHylanGroup) March 23, 2020
10. Steve Crowley (@StevenJCrowley)
Steve Crowley is a consulting wireless engineer. He focuses on tasks such as technology analysis, standardisation, business development, regulation, and corporate communication. Regarded as the top 10 mobile influencers on the basis of reach and expertise in the industry,
Steve has shared many reports related to 5G rollouts on Twitter. One report details if energy consumption can be reduced with the deployment of 5G. In other news, Verizon expands international 5G ecosystem with new 5G Lab & Studio in London.
Twitter followers: 3,846
GlobalData influencer score: 37
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Energy usage will likely increase dramatically if #5G is deployed the same way as 3G and 4G were. How do we flip the script?
Find out how we're breaking the energy curve: https://t.co/9dLHLxniXb #sustainability pic.twitter.com/SpWAQwGGqp
— Ericsson (@ericsson) March 11, 2020