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Praveen Datta - International Data Corporation (IDC). Toronto, ON, CA

Praveen Datta Praveen Datta

Research Director, Canadian Communications Markets and Strategies | International Data Corporation (IDC)

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Research Director, Canadian Communications Markets and Strategies at IDC Canada


Praveen Datta is the Research Director for IDC’s Canadian Communications Services practice within our Worldwide Network and Telecommunications research team. Praveen’s focus is on supporting clients with the market, technology, and transformation trends in the Canadian Telecommunications space. He works as a trusted advisor, helping clients develop an understanding of the competitive landscape, key trends, business requirements and innovation within the Canadian telecommunications and services markets, including mobility services, 5G, cloud, and IoT connectivity. He drives new thought leadership and market research on the evolution of telecommunications services and market dynamics.

Praveen brings over 20 years experience in the communications industry to IDC. He created and led Cisco’s Canadian telecommunications strategic consulting practice as a member of an elite global team to create large transformational deals and strategic partnerships. He has worked as a trusted advisor at the CXO level in areas of managed services, IoT, cloud, smart cities, mobility, video, and is known for driving innovation and revenue growth for Canadian service providers in both business and consumer markets. He also held the position of Head of Strategy and Innovation for Consumer Services at Bell Canada, leading a team at Bell to develop business cases and prototypes of innovative consumer services to bring to the Canadian market.

He has worked as a strategy consultant at Adventis Management Consulting in the US focused on US telecommunications clients. He also brings relevant cloud experience, having worked in the early days of cloud helping to launch a new cloud business funded by Novell Inc as well as more recently helping to launch cloud video services at Telestream. Beyond his Canadian experience with Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Shaw, Cogeco, and Videotron, he has also worked internationally with clients such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Charter, MasTec, Switch and Data, Telmex, NTT Docomo, Telstra, Spark, and Telekom Austria. Prior to his career in the communications industry, he worked as a lawyer in Canada practicing law in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Areas of Expertise (8)




Technology Market Trends





Associated IDC Services (1)

  • Canadian Communications Services


Education (3)

Ivey School of Business at Western University: MBA

Dalhousie University: BSc, Psychology

Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University: LL.B./JD