The Impact and Evolution of Mobile Broadband

The Impact and Evolution of Mobile Broadband

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Topic: The Impact and Evolution of Mobile Broadband

Stacey Higginbotham, Senior Writer, GigaOM

Stacey has over ten years of experience reporting on business and technology, most recently as reporter with top technology blog GigaOM. There she covers both the infrastructure that allows companies to deliver services via the web, as well as the services themselves. Prior to GigaOM Stacey wrote about technology and finance for The Deal, a finance publication out of New York, and launched its coverage of angel-backed and seed-stage companies. She joined The Deal from the Austin Business Journal which she wrote for after her return from New York City, where she worked at publications that included The Bond Buyer and BusinessWeek. Stacey graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dow Draper, Vice President, Technology Partnerships, Clearwire

Dow Draper recently joined Clearwire as Vice President of Product Development and Innovation where he is responsible for strategy and development of WiMAX-based devices and services, and for product marketing of new customer solutions.  Dow spent the past four years at Alltel Corporation where he held both marketing and finance roles:  Most recently as Senior Vice President of Voice and Data Solutions and prior to that as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis where he played a key role in several acquisitions and in Alltel’s sale to Goldman Sachs and TPG.  Prior to joining Alltel, Dow spent several years in the Seattle area, first as a consultant with McKinsey and Company working in the aerospace, automotive and wireless telecommunications industries, and second working for Western Wireless (prior to its acquisition by Alltel)  as Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.  Dow has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Charlie Martin, Wireless CTO, Huawei Technologies

Charlie Martin is the Wireless Chief Technology Officer for Huawei Technologies (North America). Martin has more than 20 years of experience in wireless communications and has spent the past nine years in product management, business development and technology development. Previously, Martin served as Nortel’s Director of WiMAX Network and Systems Product Line Management, and, prior to that, as Director of Wireless Technology and Product Strategy for the company. Before joining Nortel, Martin held positions at two service provider companies. At GTE Business Data Products, Martin was a member of a five person product management team responsible for rolling out a nationwide ADSL service in more than 330 central offices in 1998. At Sprint PCS, Martin served as the Manager of RF Design for the Dallas/Fort Worth Engineering and Operations team, which rolled out CDMA service in 1996. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Maryland.

Neville Ray, Senior Vice President of Engineering, T-Mobile USA

A professional in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years, Neville Ray has specific experience in the design, deployment and operational management of GSM and WCDMA networks in the United States and worldwide.  Mr. Ray is responsible for the management of the national T-Mobile network in the USA, covering in excess of 260M pops, serving 32 million customers and encompassing 43,000+ cell site facilities. HSDPA services were launched in 2008 across all major metro areas of this network.  This year T-Mobile rapidly strengthened and grew its 3G network to reach approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population by the end of the year. The faster HSPA 7.2 standard will be enabled across the entire 3G network by year-end. The company also announced it will be the first carrier to launch HSPA+ in the U.S. and conducted a trial in Philadelphia , gearing up for broad deployment by mid-2010 to deliver throughput speeds three to five times faster than today’s 3G networks – with theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps (depending on device and other factors).

Prior to assuming his current national role at T-Mobile USA, Mr. Ray held the position of Vice President of Network Engineering and Operations for the Northeast region of T-Mobile USA where he led the network through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, receiving significant recognition from the New York Police Department, New York state agencies and the Federal Communications Commission.

Ken Denman, CEO, Openwave

Ken Denman is chief executive officer for Openwave Systems (NASDAQ: OPWV) where he is focused on executing Openwave’s corporate strategy and growing the company’s global market share with innovative software infrastructure products and services for mobile and broadband operators. Ken’s career spans more than 20 years in the global telecommunications and IT industries. Before Openwave, Ken served as chairman and CEO of iPass, a world leader in platform-based enterprise mobility services where he guided the company in leveraging the explosion in new broadband and wireless access technologies to make them real and globally available to any enterprise or service provider. Under Mr. Denman’s leadership, iPass grew its revenue by 200 percent and went public in 2003. 
Before joining iPass, Ken was the founder, president and CEO of AuraServ Communications, a managed service provider of broadband voice and data applications. Earlier, he served as senior vice president at MediaOne’s National Markets Group (now part of Comcast) where his teams exceeded new subscriber growth targets and dramatically reduced customer churn. He also served as chief operating officer of MediaOne’s International Wireless Group, leading international joint ventures including what would become the leading wireless providers in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.  Ken also serves on the board of ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR), a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications systems headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Ken holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BS in accounting from Central Washington University.

Hank Skorny, Senior Vice President, Media Cloud Computing and Services, Real Networks

At Real Networks, Hank Skorny is leading a new effort to place media into the cloud, offering the ability to protect and access it anywhere. This will allow users to organize, explore and socialize with their media like never before.Hank has nearly 25 years of executive marketing, business development, and engineering experience.  Hank had been a successful entrepreneur, serving as CEO of Thumbspeed Inc. which was acquired by OZ Communications Inc. which was subsequently acquired by Nokia. Prior to Thumbspeed, Hank held senior executive positions at Infospace Mobile and AOL Mobile. His career has included general management, senior product management and engineering positions at Adobe Systems, Microsoft and Apple Computer.

Hank also serves as Chairman of Zipwhip, Inc., a leader in internet based text messaging over the web. He serves on the board of Enterprise Ireland and takes an active role in philanthropy organizations that focus on education and stimulating entrepreneurship. Hank studied at Drexel University where he was awarded a scholarship for his early novel research in Xenon Fluorides and by GlaxoSmithKline for his research in computer modeling of reactions involving complex three-dimensional proteins and glycopeptides.