Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Rami Avidan takes over IoT for Deutsche Telekom

Steve Rogerson
March 21, 2019

Experienced IoT industry player Rami Avidan (pictured), most recently CEO of Tele2 IoT, will next month take over as senior vice president for IoT at Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems enterprise customer unit.
"I am very pleased that Rami Avidan has decided to join T-Systems,” said Adel Al-Saleh, Deutsche Telekom board member and T-Systems CEO. “He has the proven attributes needed to build, drive and lead a business, from a financial, technical as well as sales and marketing perspective. Our customers don't just talk about connected things as a concept, they’re starting to implement it. Our services ensure that they can take full advantage of digitisation in their day-to-day business. With his extensive experience in the field of internet of things, and with security in particular, Rami Avidan can take our IoT business to the next level."
Avidan served as CEO of Tele2 IoT until September 2018. Over the past six years, he built up the IoT division for the Swedish telecommunications company. During his time in charge, Tele2 IoT became one of the leading IoT mobile network operators as recognised by analysts. With a team of around 200 IoT experts, he created technology and achieved entrepreneurial success in the young IoT industry after only a short time. Before joining Tele2 in 2013, Avidan held various leadership positions at telecommunications and IT security companies, such as Wyless Group and Cryptzone Group.
“The internet of things is one of the biggest digitisation drivers worldwide and has reached almost all industries,” said Avidan. “The challenges are complex. Only concrete experiences and real-world technologies create value. The Telekom Group brings everything for the internet of things: We advise, build the networks, manage the devices and ensure security.”
Ingo Hofacker, who started the new IoT business division at T-Systems two years ago, is leaving the company at his own request.
Al-Saleh said: “I want to thank Ingo for his commitment, clear vision, dedication and leadership during the early stages of our IoT business. The strategy Ingo and the team developed has laid the foundation for our future growth in IoT. I wish him the best of luck in his future career.”
Avidan will take the helm at next month’s Hannover Messe and will take on responsibility for representing the company straight away. At the exhibition, Deutsche Telekom will be showing how industrial intelligence contributes to efficient planning, production and logistics.