IBC Musings: Gowton Achaibar, Ericsson
Ericsson's Gowton Achaibar has been at Ericsson for 15 years, but this is his first year at IBC.
Name: Gowton Achaibar
Job Title: Head of media technology & operations, media solutions
Number of IBCs you’ve attended: I have worked at Ericsson for 15 years, but this is my first role at Media Solutions and my first IBC. I’m excited to be there this year.
Flying, driving or train-ing to IBC this year? Flying, but off the back of what feels like a world tour ending in a global trade show! I’ve travelled to Asia, USA, and Europe - all in the last month.
What is your goal for this year’s IBC show?
- Showcase our latest innovations in software, cloud and 5G and our vision for TV’s future.
- Meet customers – both our old friends and new faces.
- Eating some great food. Please shoot me all your restaurant recommendations!
What will be the big tech trends at this year’s IBC?
Cloud, virtualisation and “all IP” will be big discussion points. These are the major issues that TV providers and operators need to address now and in the future to transform their offerings.
What gear/software/platform do you wish someone would make?
Universal search across multiple databases and platforms and devices. Imagine operator apps integrated with content for multiple providers - a search platform that uses the Alexa model essentially. Incorporating voice activation would be fun and useful for the consumer as well. If customers can use this app in the IoT world, it would make it a far more interesting and attractive prospect from their standpoint – e.g. Android being a consumer ecosystem.
What’s your fondest IBC/Amsterdam memory?
30 years ago, I visited the city for one day and I remember the canals being higher than the roads! I grew up in Guyana where the Dutch built our seawalls because the country is six feet below sea level - so this was interesting to see. I also have a vivid memory of flying in and seeing the beautiful fields of tulips!
Can you speak Dutch?
After a few cold Heinekens, I can speak any language (like most of my colleagues).