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Ferry Grijpink

Senior Partner, Amsterdam
Helps telecom and media companies grow their businesses, shape new markets, and transform their organizations.

About Ferry

Ferry helps lead the digital and analytics work within the High Tech, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications Practices. He advises telecommunications companies on strategy, marketing, and operations, including mobile operators that are launching adjacent businesses in areas such as mobile health and money services. He also coleads McKinsey’s research on deploying and commercializing next-generation infrastructures, such as fiber and mobile broadband and 5G networks. From 2013 to 2018, Ferry relocated to Singapore to lead our High Tech, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications Practices in Southeast Asia.

Ferry brings a long record of tangible client impact in both the consumer and enterprise sectors. In Europe, Ferry’s recent contributions include developing an internet-protocol television go-to-market strategy and portfolio realignment for a large European incumbent, refining the enterprise migration strategy for an emerging-market telecommunications company, and helping a mobile broadband operator shape its strategy to prepare for 4G-spectrum auctions.

Ferry also served telecommunication organizations in Africa and the Middle East. In Africa, Ferry helped shape an operational-improvement program for a large operator, where he and his team achieved savings of 20 percent. He supported the launch of a greenfield mobile operator in Africa and guided the integration of two pan-African satellite-telecommunication service providers. In Southeast Asia, Ferry serves telecommunications clients on a wide range of issues, including commercializing technologies, network strategy, network IT, and architecture, most recently developing a digital road map for an Asian integrated incumbent and shaping a mobile financial-services strategy for a global operator.

Ferry frequently speaks to industry groups on the dynamics of the highly competitive telecommunications market. Recent presentations to international industry bodies focused on describing the market opportunity for embedded-mobile-data devices, shaping the thinking on 5G, the Internet of Things, and discussing mobile broadband cost as a regulatory lever.

Published work

Unlocking the value of 5G in the B2C marketplace,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

How tapping connectivity in oil and gas can fuel higher performance,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2020

A 5G manifesto for the CEO,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Cutting through the 5G hype: Survey shows telcos’ nuanced views,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Network sharing and 5G: A turning point for lone riders,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

The road to 5G: The inevitable growth of infrastructure cost,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

5G: Are great expectations justified?,” LinkedIn, February 2018

Regaining mobile’s grip on network connectivity,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Demystifying the hackathon,” McKinsey & Company, October 2015

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption” (PDF–5 MB), McKinsey & Company, October 2014

A ‘New Deal’: Driving investment in Europe’s telecoms infrastructure” (PDF–1.28 MB), McKinsey & Company, December 2012

Beyond cost cutting: How to make money in the data world” (PDF–3.4 MB), McKinsey & Company, June 2012

“Shifting the supply axis: The road to 4G,” McKinsey & Company, June 2011

“mHealth: A new vision for healthcare,” McKinsey & Company, 2010

Past experience

Gemini Consulting
Senior consultant




Delft University of Technology
MSc, electrical engineering