Catalin Buliga, CTO of Vodafone Romania, won Mobile Europe & European Communications CTO of the Year Award 2020, the Gamechanger category. The award is offered by the prestigious publication for Mobile Europe and European Communications, an important European media outlet for telecommunications professionals.
In the seventh year of the CTO Awards event, the jury designated Cătălin Buliga as CTO of the year 2020, in the Gamechanger category, for the outstanding performances he achieved. Among them we mention the first 5G network in Romania, the first LIVE holograms at 4K resolution in the world, NB-IoT technology, but also investments and maintaining the quality of fixed and mobile networks at an extraordinary level in the current context. All Cătălin’s constant efforts to innovate and support the Romanian digital society, some of them representing world premieres, are now recognized and certified by this title as well.
This year, the competition had two categories: Gamechanger and Trailblazer. The Trailblazer category was won by Telenet CTO Micha Berger.
The shortlist of the competition:
• Catalin Buliga from Vodafone
• Micha Berger from Telenet
• Thomas van Briel from Deutsche Telekom
• Alexander Stock from A1 Telekom Austria AG
• Emmanuel Chautard from Orange
• Nathalie Vafiadis from BT
• Fotis Karonis from BT
• Elmar Grasser from Sunrise Communications AG
• Radoslav Zlatkov from VIVACOM
The Trailblazer category was won by Micha Berger from Telenet.
Cătălin Buliga is a telecom professional with an extensive experience. He rejoined Vodafone Romania in 2015 and in 2016 he was appointed in the current position. Within Vodafone, he held management positions in the technology area for 10 years until 2008. Subsequently, he held management positions within UPC for seven years, including the role of CTO for UPC Romania and UPC Hungary. Cătălin Buliga graduated from the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi in 1995.