Searching for start-up collaboration in international Call for Innovation

We have the networks. Do you have solutions to make them more flexible and reliable? Telia Company, Swisscom and Proximus are now jointly reaching out to the international start-up community for possible collaboration. And this is merely the beginning for similar initiatives.

During Sthlm Tech Fest, Telia and Ericsson jointly launched Scale your business; a mentor program for start-ups. Now Telia Company and two leading European telcos invite start-ups to apply with their ideas on virtual telco functions in the initiative "Call for Innovation". The best will be picked out to pitch their solution to an expert jury, with the chance of a PoC project and future collaboration with all three telcos.

"Now we take another step forward to reach small companies and innovators who really understand networks and can solve customers' actual problems. The technology is available - we have the platform already deployed to our infrastructure - now we´re looking forward to see what we could create together. Giants like Google, Amazon and Apple have been creating innovations this way for years", says Martynas Spokas, Head of Data Analytics,  Purple+ Telia Company.

SDN/NFV solutions in focus
The goal is to find innovative solutions within Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).  
"The network industry is evolving from a hardware-based to a software-based network model, requiring greater agility. SDN and NFV are core concepts that disrupt the industry. By launching Call for Innovation we ultimately hope to achieve a faster time to market and a greater value for our customers, Mauro Costa, Head of Network Architecture and Strategy, Telia Company.

Last date to apply is 23 October 2016. The pitching event and announcement of the winners will take place in Zürich 9 December 2016. For more info and application, visit

Jury members from Telia Company are Mauro Costa, Head of Network Architecture and Strategy and Thomas Johansson, Director and Head of GSO Commercial Enterprise.