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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

David Pringle

A former telecoms and technology correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, I provide content development, analytical and editorial services to organisations in the telecoms, media and technology sectors. 

Over the past 14 years, I have authored and edited a series of groundbreaking reports for STL Partners, including recent titles: Can telcos compete in the new TV market?Is augmented reality a game changer for mobile networks? and Making the metaverse useful.

At ten editions of the Mobile World Congress, I have worked for the GSMA's Mobile World Live television service, choosing topics, identifying and inviting guests, composing questions, conducting interviews and moderating panels.

I have moderated dozens of discussions at major telecoms events, including MWC and Rutberg & Co.'s Wireless Influencers event, asking speakers probing questions, prompting lively debates and ensuring the audience has an opportunity to participate.

My clients to date: A.T. Kearney, AVG, Bytemobile, CGAP, Cyber-Duck, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, FISITA, European Leaders, The European Commission, the GSMA, Hotwire PR, Huawei, IDG, Juliet Media, Mobile World Live, Motor Codes, Pictet, Policy Impact Partners, PRTM, Pyramid Research, Rakuten, Reuters, Rutberg, Qualcomm, Science|Business, ST-Ericsson, STL Partners (Telco 2.0), STMicroelectronics, Stratus, Syniverse, Telekom Austria, The World Economic Forum, Toshiba, VimpelCom and Waggener Edstrom.


August 2005 – January 2009: GSMA, Media Relations

During three and half years at the GSMA, I provided media relations support to the CEO and Chairman of the GSMA, as well as top executives from many of the world’s leading mobile phone companies.

I oversaw the GSMA's public policy media relations strategy encompassing everything from the case against roaming regulation in Europe to high taxes in Africa to the tight rationing of spectrum in India.

I was also responsible for media relations for the GSMA’s Development Fund, which is at the forefront of efforts to bring mobile services to people living on just a few dollars a day, and the GSMA’s programmes spearheading the development of mobile financial services.

In New York, I set up and hosted CEO-level briefings on mobile money transfer services with journalists from the Financial Times, Bloomberg and other top-tier media. In Macau, I worked with four mobile operators to run a major press conference incorporating live demos and video feeds of mobile payment services from across Asia.

As a result, the GSMA has had extensive coverage on the BBC, in the FT, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Economist, and many other major publications, as well as featuring in countless articles in the telecoms trade media. I have also written numerous articles and given many live television and radio interviews on behalf of the GSMA.

August 2000-August 2005: Technology and Telecoms Correspondent, Wall Street Journal.

I served as the European technology and telecommunications correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covering Nokia, Ericsson, Vodafone, BT and other major telephone companies, as well as acting as deputy managing editor of Convergence, a technology magazine published quarterly by the Wall Street Journal Europe.

In my five years at the Wall Street Journal, I produced numerous front page news and feature stories, including several acclaimed articles featuring original insight and inside reporting on the struggle for supremacy between Nokia, Microsoft and Vodafone.


Feb 2000-July 2000: Staff reporter for WSJ.com
July 1999-Feb 2000: Stringer for Wall Street Journal Europe
March 1999-July 1999: Research analyst for The Yankee Group
Aug 1997-Feb 1999: Deputy Editor of Information Strategy, Economist Group
Feb 1996-Aug 1997: News Editor of Personnel Today
Aug 1991-Feb 1996: Editorial positions with various trade titles.