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Placido Consulting has a proven track record of anticipating and acting upon technology-driven innovations and market opportunities.

We are proud to have worked with highly regarded companies and professionals who are pleased with the quality of our work. But don’t take our word for it! Hear what they have to say:

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Orbital Gateway – Strategy & Trend Analysis

Orbital Gateway – Strategy & Trend Analysis

“I am happy to recommend Carlos Placido as a trusted and proven consultant, with a combination of skills, experience and passion that is unique and highly effective. 

As former NSR colleagues, I had the opportunity to work with Carlos on strategic consulting projects and was consistently impressed by his knowledge and by how accurately he can paint the future. Carlos has the ability to understand market and technology forces and to anticipate industry shifts or disruptions well ahead they become visible to others, making his analytical work very valuable for companies strategizing on emerging opportunities. 

Several of his predictions on industry shifts have proven to be correct. Such predictions have –indeed- been well documented for 12 years in articles posted on specialized magazines and are still publicly available; such as when Carlos was interviewed by Via Satellite magazine on the future of DTH and he mentioned that DirecTV and others could become part of someone else’s business given lack of triple-play independence. DirecTV was acquired by AT&T years later. Similarly, he described a peer-to-peer startup company called Octoshape as “Akamai at the edge” and Akamai acquired Octoshape 6 years later. His anticipations on IPTV, mobile TV social networks and other aspects of our industry are also documented. More recently he has shared his vision on the evolution of satellite communications on aspects like HTS business models, network virtualization and satcom ecosystems that, given his record, could also prove to be correct over time. 

As a great example of Carlos’ foresight and analytical skills, below is a link to an outstanding article he authored, which touches on so many diverse points, and does so in a very eloquent, and also highly efficient way. The foresight and the bringing together of many diverse topics is impressive. Overall, a really excellent, and indeed still very relevant piece 10 years later!

Finally, on a personal level, Carlos has always been easy to work with. He works hard, always provides more than what was asked for, and is a great mentor to younger analysts. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Carlos for anyone looking to gain deeper insights on the satellite telecoms space.”

The End of the Platform Wars as We Know it

Blaine Curcio; Founder at Orbital Gateway Consulting – Hong Kong University of Science & Technology MBA

Intelsat – Technology

Intelsat – Technology

“Carlos Placido has been a great asset to our team bringing a perspective which bridges both technical & commercial aspects of the business. He has provided valuable support ranging from detailed analysis of specific scenarios to views of how our business may evolve. He is grounded in an understanding of commercially viable communications technology but – more importantly – can extrapolate from today’s technology market trends and developments, a view of tomorrow.”

David Crenshaw, VP North America Sales. Media & Entertainment, Intelsat

Intelsat – Managed Video

Intelsat – Managed Video

“I recommend Carlos because he has a rare balance of deep technical knowledge, creativity and big-picture vision. This balance enables him to develop and design new customer-oriented technical solutions and concepts, as well as to accurately identify and track technical trends and forecast their commercial impact. Carlos was a pleasure to work with.”

Ken Takagi, Director, Managed Video Services, Intelsat

Entel Chile – Internet

Entel Chile – Internet

“Carlos played a key role during the satellite link Internet connection implementation between Chile and US, which led to a very successful deployment trough his professional advisory.”

Guillermo Cifuentes, Senior Engineer, ENTEL Chile

Intelsat – Technology

Intelsat – Technology

“Carlos Placido proved himself very capable in the identification and validation of new ideas and opportunities, making significant contributions in the areas of Internet, broadcasting and content delivery. His team became the natural reference point on numerous internal and external inquiries related to emerging technologies and the convergence of data and video over IP. His work has always been distinctive and creative, finding solutions to complex technology and business issues.”

Khodadad Betaharon, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat

Telecom Italia- IP/Data Services

Telecom Italia- IP/Data Services

“Carlos Placido has a natural aptitude for highly technical communications and application solutions building. While I was responsible for all TDMA ground and space segment infrastructure at Intelsat, I had to rely on my technical support staff for highly granular planning, specifications design, evaluating, testing, and tweaking of communications infrastructure. Under tight deadlines and budgets, this was made easy by Carlos, who worked relentlessly on fostering innovative solutions that emerged through his unique practical experience in integrating hardware, software and middleware technologies for global organizations. Most impressive of all, was the shrewd demeanor that Carlos portrayed in assisting us to understand the possible functionality and service paradigm required in our go-to-market strategy of penetrating the up and coming enterprise, remote-services and critical-applications market verticals.”

Antonio Piraino, Director, IP/Data Services, Telecom Italia Sparkle of North America, Inc.

Telecom Argentina – Maintenance

Telecom Argentina – Maintenance

“Carlos Placido has excellent skills for the design and management of complex telecom infrastructure projects. In the mid 1990′s when Carlos worked as a specialist engineer with Telintar (Argentina’s international carrier) I had the chance to work with him on infrastructure investment projects for the Bosque Alegre Earth Station, one of the main international gateways of Argentina. We worked together on the installation of 11mt (Std.B) and 16-mt (Std.A) earth stations , TDMA terminal, mobile station for international telecommunications and transmission equipment upgrades such as modems, and frequency converters. Carlos not only completed these projects successfully but he also introduced positive changes by persuading our staff to accept and adapt to changes taking place with new equipment and better performing systems. Despite him being so young at that time, Carlos was able to gain the respect of senior engineers and operators, who still remember him. “

Hector Del Fabro, Senior Engineer- Maintenance Coordinator- Manager Nahuelsat System, Telecom Argentina S.A.