Senior Consulting Associate
Marty Morell is a Senior Consulting Associate with Global Resources, bringing over 30 years’ experience in telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT), developed from working across an extensive range of emerging and developing countries. Marty combines a strong technical background in telecom / ICT infrastructure and system planning, procurement, and implementation, with senior engagements in policy and strategy formulation, regulatory affairs and business development (sector research and demand forecasting; deployment of alternative infrastructures; and Internet development). Marty has worked in more than 40 countries, with a strong experience depth in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. He is proficient in Russian, Spanish and French.
Marty has served as a Senior Technical Advisor to regulatory agencies and other quasi-public and private sector organizations, addressing advancing technology challenges, new competitive pressures, and / or changes in institutional and political frameworks, while also offering capacity building and training services. His clients have included the Republic Agency for Telecommunications of Serbia, the Agency for Electronic Communications of Montenegro, and the Ministry of Communications and the National Agency for Regulation of Electronic Communications and Information Technology of Moldova.
In Peru, Marty served as Principal Technical Specialist in a comprehensive feasibility study on behalf of the Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones (Ministry of Transport and Communications, MTC) and the Fondo de Inversión en Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications Investment Fund, FITEL) regarding deploying a nationwide fiber-optic backbone network that would primarily utilize Peru’s regional electric transmission companies’ rights of way. The initiative sought to bridge the long-standing, and increasing, “digital divide” between the relatively well-served coastal regions of the country and the under- or unserved Andean and Amazonian hinterlands. Marty conducted extensive field inspections and route surveys, and assessed the regional electric companies’ readiness to participate in the venture. He was also responsible for preparing the official Spanish-language version of the Technical Specifications. Marty has also provided senior technical support relative to initiatives to commercialize fiber-optic infrastructures deployed by electrical transmission companies in Morocco, Honduras, and Panama.
In South Africa, Marty served as Senior Technical Specialist, providing advice to the City of Cape Town regarding planning, deploying, operating and maintaining telecom infrastructure in economically disadvantaged areas, to facilitate residents’ affordable access to basic and advanced services. He conducted in-depth reviews of technological options; developed recommendations for selecting and implementing Wi-Fi mesh architectures; and assisted preparing detailed technical plans, and five commercial deployment and budget scenarios. In Tunisia, Marty served as a Technical Assistance Consultant and ICT Policy and Infrastructure Specialist for a USAID-funded ICT Competitiveness Program. He assisted the Government of Tunisia to create an enabling policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional framework that promoted competition and investment in the country’s knowledge economy, and overall National Broadband Plan.
In East Africa, Marty provided senior advice and counsel as part of a team representing the lender in a due-diligence process related to a $70 million investment in an East African regional triple-play and Direct to Home satellite service provider, who was seeking to expand its service offerings across the region. He assessed the operator’s existing in-country infrastructure and operations (headend, outside plant, NOC, Call Centers, walk-in centers, OSS / BSS, training facilities), and analyzed build-out and future expansion plans, along with subscriber and revenue assumptions, given current and forecasted market and socio-economic / demographic data. In the Republic of Georgia, Marty provided support to Silknet (formerly United Telecom Group), the national fixed-line operator, as it sought financing for expansion of its advanced network platforms (xDSL, CDMA and IPTV).
In his early career, Marty served as Vice President at Lynx Technologies, where he planned, designed, and implemented large-scale voice and data networks, including a global network for an international hotel chain, with over 135 properties and operations facilities. Previously, Marty was a Telecommunications Manager with Alitalia Airlines, with responsibility for North and Central America.