Areas of expertise: Converged operator strategy, content delivery networks, next generation access and rural broadband.
“Network operators need to adapt their strategies to cope with the consumption of increasingly complex forms of broadband content in a multi-device market. New strategies must centre on a converged approach to broadband service delivery and the evolution of existing network business models.”
Chris Drake is a Senior Research Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. In his role Chris looks at converged operator strategy related to content delivery networks (CDNs) and next generation access services, including FTTx, VDSL, DOCSIS 3 and LTE. He also covers rural broadband strategies, including universal service initiatives, and analyses new broadband investment models; these encompass public sector funding for broadband development and new network sharing and outsourcing initiatives by operators.
Chris joined Informa in January 2012. He has over ten years of experience researching and writing about the telecoms industry. Prior to joining Informa, Chris worked for Business Monitor International as a freelance research analyst, focusing on market development, operator strategy and network deployments in the telecoms sectors of Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Before that, he worked for IDC, where he specialised in Internet access and corporate IP networks with a specific focus on Europe. Prior to his time at IDC, Chris was employed by the Economist Group where he worked as a Senior Business Editor, covering operator strategy, network investments and regulatory/policy development in the telecoms markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
Chris has a Masters degree in Transition Studies (Economics and Human Geography) from the University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He also completed a PhD program in Economic Geography at the University of British Columbia.