Hakim Boubazine, Altice USA

Years in Industry: 8

Education: Ecole Central de Lyon (Engineering): University of Strasbourg (Master of Theoretical Physics); Imperial College of London (Post Graduate Degree Program in Petroleum Engineering and Management) 

Boubazine led Altice USA’s entrance into the wireless industry in 2019 with the launch of Altice Mobile through the companies MVNO with Sprint. As COO, Boubazine has been busy improving Altice One, including launching a new sports hub and striking a deal with streaming partner Amazon Prime. He’s also been working on the company’s FTTH network deployment, which is now available in hundreds of thousands of homes across Altice’s footprint.

The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed my perspective on:
The resilience and adaptability of our society and institutions – from schools to businesses to communities – to quickly and effectively respond to evolving circumstances like the one we are in.

The future of broadband is…
Limitless. If this current pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how vital broadband is in keeping us connected in challenging times.

Is cable recession proof?
I think it depends on how we define the term “cable,” especially as the role of the traditional cable company has shifted over the last decade with a greater focus on broadband, wireless and the enablement and aggregation of OTT services. I think we will continue to see a growing reliance on fast, secure and reliable connectivity, and Altice certainly plays an important role in delivering that service to our customers.

My prediction for a new business or product that could emerge from the pandemic is…
An accelerated and more dramatic shift to automation, digital tools, and self-help as well as the emergence and growth of advanced online collaboration.

Working from home has taught me…
The importance of the mute button during video conference calls.

What product could you not live without?
My gig-capable gateway and my tablet.

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