Advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, USA, UK, Ireland and Netherlands governments.For more information, click here
Paul assisted in setting up the Commission, and is currently a special adviser.For more information, click here
Analyse current market trends & predict future directions to enable opportunity planning.For more information, click here
These tailored workshops include ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ discussions re opportunities & risks.For more information, click here
Paul Budde is one of the world’s foremost telecommunications management and business consultants. His expertise lies in his ability to analyse the telecommunications, internet, e-commerce and broadcasting markets, and to identify major business trends and developments in the digital, sharing and interconnected economy.
Paul’s extensive market knowledge, global network and strategic business advice can assist organisations and industry sectors to transform themselves, enabling them to take advantage of opportunities created by the digital economy.
Paul’s wide-ranging experience in the telecommunications and digital media markets has enabled him to advise over 100 investment companies on individual transactions as well as on the implications of changes to the markets and to the organisations working within them. Furthermore, his customised workshops are used by businesses on four continents.
Backed by his company, BuddeComm, Paul has information available about new entrants, as well as extensive research on the current activities and historical financial and subscriber statistics relating to the existing major players.
This puts Paul in a position to assist in the formulation of business plans and to be able to provide market overviews and research information on specific industries for inclusion in prospectuses.
In 2001 he started UtiliTel. He brought most of the Australian electricity distribution companies together to discuss the business opportunities that existed for the utilities in using their infrastructure for the purposes of telecommunications.
In 2007 the nature of this initiative changed from an external business opportunity to an internal smart grid approach. For that purpose he transformed Utilitel into Smart Grid Australia and in the same year also became a founding director of the Global Smart Grid Federation, representing over 25 national smart energy alliances across the world.
In 2009 Paul was asked by the government to come up with a proposal for what became the Smart Grid, Smart City project. They asked for funding of $50 million and received $100 million.
In 2015 he was asked to address the ISGAN conference in Lecco, Italy, on ‘the role of communication as a critical enabler of smart grid systems’. (ISGAN is the short name for the ministerial organisation of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in charge of the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids.)
Also in 2001 he established the Broadbanding of Local Councils initiative, and over the following 15 years he advised over 50 local councils on how to become a smart city, of which the infrastructure elements are broadband and smart energy. In 2016 he accepted the part-time of executive director of the industry’s peak body, the Australian Smart Communities Association.
He has been a keynote speaker at smart city conferences in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Milan and Kuala Lumpur.
Over the last five years Paul has become established as one of the world’s foremost advisors on the deployment of national broadband networks. He has worked with the governments of the USA, UK, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand and Qatar where he has successfully provided a vision, linked to policy and business strategies, which shows that high-speed broadband is essential national infrastructureneeded to ensure the next stage of social and economic development. He was strategic advisor to the Australian Minister for Broadband and the Digital Economy for the original fibre-to-the-home national broadband network.
An important part of his work internationally Paul assisted the United Nations in establishing the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.
This Commission promotes the use of high-speed broadband communication networks for the social and economic benefit of people all over the world. Paul was the co-initiator of the Commission and its special advisor during the mandate period from 2009 to 2015.
For more information on his international activities see free report: Global - BuddeComm's International Broadband and Trans-sector Activities
Paul Budde’s executive briefings are designed to analyse current market trends and to predict future directions. They are based on a combination of research and expert professional opinion.
The analysis spans the value chain – from content, to infrastructure, to end-users – making it possible to confidently predict the real factors, direct and indirect, influencing the rollout and uptake of new products and services.
The briefings also offer an analysis of opportunities and risks, and give a strategically-focussed view of future directions in the telecommunications industry.
With his 30-year-plus involvement in the industry Paul is in a prime position to provide insights into the strategies, opportunities and pitfalls in the competitive telecoms environment, pinpointing the strategic directions being taken by these organisations and offer a reasoned perspective on their short- and long-term business prospects.
Paul regularly prepares and delivers board-level presentations on a range of topics, tailored to the individual needs of the client organisation.
He gives an objective and balanced view of the market, identifying issues and opportunities for the client's business. The presentation concludes with an open discussion.
B Beckor, Callpoint, Australia
Ken Cregan, Tele-Computercations Pty Ltd
Eli Jellenc, VeriSign-iDefense Security Intelligence Services
Gary Sorkin, Pacific Communication Group
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 2006-2014
Senator Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Olusesan Banjo, Nigeria
Senator Deborah O’Neill, at the Select Senate Committee on the NBN – March 2014
David Townshend, OLX Inc, Africa
David Brown, Ventura Team
Kristan J. Wheaton, Mercyhurst College Institute of Intelligence Studies
Paul’s customised 3 hour, in-house workshops, consist of a combination of presentations and discussion encouraging interaction between all participants. Topics cover a range of subjects including:
Below is a list of the topics most recently requested by our key clients (investment houses, governments and industry).
Transformation of the telecoms industry – investment focus
A typical workshop begins with a 60-90 minute presentation, which can be interactive. This is followed by a discussion for approximately 60-90 minutes (questions, specific topics etc).
Eight is the maximum number for workshop participants.