Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 13 | Page 80

Connectivity brings progress to society , improves the economy , helps collect more taxes and makes us more productive .
How do you deal with stress and relax outside of the office ?
I like to stay with my family , spend quality time with them and cook , especially on weekends . I also enjoy traveling and seeing new places . Another thing is that I take long walks to prepare myself before starting the day . That helps me prepare and face the routine relaxed .
If you could go back and change one career decision , what would it be ?
My policy is to always think forward . What happened yesterday is used as experience to modify something in the future . I always try to focus on what is coming , with a perspective on the present and the future .
What do you currently identify as the top investment areas in your industry ?
From our point of view , we have a mission to promote connectivity and build digital highways for the people , and we are privileged to help modernize countries .
We also have the challenge of looking for ways to lower the cost of producing Internet because this makes the service more competitive and connects more people . Along with this connection , there is everything related to it – such as the Digital Transformation of businesses .
What are the specific challenges of the region when implementing new technologies in Latin America ?
The first thing is to understand that we are all partners on the path to achieving connectivity , and we all play a role – the state , the institutions and the companies , which are part of this value chain . Latin America has many opportunities and public-private efforts will help close the digital access gap . But to achieve this , the governments must rethink some of their models .
In the case of Millicom / Tigo , we see that the price of the spectrum is one of the main barriers to increasing connectivity . The countries maintain a historical agenda where the spectrum was used as an instrument to generate income for the state , funding other expenses but affecting the possibility of expanding and developing better infrastructure and connectivity . This model is already obsolete .
What changes have you seen in your job role in the last year , and how do you think they will develop in the next 12 months ?
Without a doubt , a surprising change has been the vertiginous increase in the demand for data . Data traffic has grown by over 30 % to 40 % year-on-year and has brought many challenges to developing the necessary infrastructure to support this growth .
This trend will not decrease , but on the contrary , we expect it to continue to increase . Therefore , the countries need attractive and stable investment policies to get the necessary funding to build proper infrastructure .
What advice would you give someone aspiring to a C-level position in your industry ?
My advice is to be open to learning from others and focus on generating and renewing value for the customer and user who seeks to develop the business . Another thing is to be constantly reinventing yourself .
Our professional career is a long-term project that requires a lot of dedication , effort and teamwork .
Moreover , no one gets anywhere alone . It is essential to work as a team with positive agendas to expand the business . I learn from each person and try to understand how others think , which makes me develop my work even better . p
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