Light Reading

John Saw to Become Sprint Network Boss

Dan Jones
3/6/2014
50%
50%

Former Clearwire CTO John Saw has become the chief network officer at Sprint, it was revealed Thursday afternoon. He is replacing Bob Azzi, senior vice president of networks, who is leaving.

BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk broke the news with a tweet Thursday: "Sprint's John Saw promoted to Chief Network Officer as Bob Azzi to depart and Steve Elfman to retire at year end."

Minutes later, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed to Light Reading that the news was "accurate." The changes are "effective immediately," she said in an email. "Bob has announced his retirement and John Saw has been promoted to Chief Network Officer."

Azzi and Elfman have been key to Sprint's 3G and 4G LTE Network Vision upgrade program and the later Spark update. "The Network Vision and Spark deployments will continue on schedule," the spokeswoman said. (See Sprint's 4G LTE Scramble and Igniting the Future: Sprint Spark.)

"Some of Bob's former organization will report to Stephen Bye, Sprint's Chief Technology Officer," she said.

Sprint sent Light Reading this official statement minutes later:

    Historically Sprint does not comment on personnel moves. Bob and Sprint reached a mutual understanding and Bob will be leaving. He is very actively engaged with the team to ensure a smooth transition of responsibility and we wish him well.

John Saw is one of the few C-Level people from Clearwire to make the transition to the management layer at Sprint. He will have plenty on his plate in 2014 to keep him busy. (See SoftBank's Son Keeps Sprint on Short Leash and Ex-Clearwire Boss Appointed NetMotion CEO.)

Sprint is integrating the 2.5GHz Clearwire network into its planned massive LTE TDD overlay. The firm has also stated ambitious plans for small cells this year. (See Sprint Plans Indoor, Outdoor Small Cells in 2014 and Defining 4G: What the Heck Is LTE TDD?)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
3/8/2014 | 3:53:29 PM
Re: Official statement
The guy is a survivor--he was one of the top two Clearwire execs left at Sprint, at least as of late last year.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/7/2014 | 5:59:35 PM
Re: Official statement
SEC says it's OK
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 7:40:57 PM
Re: Official statement
They didn't reveal it over Twitter, they confirmed it after Walter tweeted about it.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/6/2014 | 7:19:51 PM
Re: Official statement
Does the SEC allow material disclosures via Twitter, or Sprint going to get into regulatory trouble over this?
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 5:31:29 PM
Re: Official statement
Wonder how much this has to do with speeding the "Spark" overlay plans, if anyone is an LTE TDD expert at Sprint it is John Saw.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 5:02:17 PM
Official statement
Sprint just sent us this official statement on the moves:

 

Here is Sprint's official statement on Bob's departure:

 

Historically Sprint does not comment on personnel moves. Bob and Sprint reached a mutual understanding and Bob will be leaving.  He is very actively engaged with the team to ensure a smooth transition of responsibility and we wish him well.  
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
Live Streaming Video
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat Demo

7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Making Business Sense of SDN

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

7|2|15   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


Forget the usual ten-year cycle for new technologies – NFV will be a core part of CSP networks in five years, based on results of a Brocade-sponsored survey, says Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Gains Traction With CSPs

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading analyzes results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade showing that CSPs are getting serious about making the transition to the New IP era.
LRTV Custom TV
It's (Real) Time for Analytics

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges looks at how CSPs say they plan to use analytics to deploy new services in real time as part of The New IP, based on results of a survey sponsored by Brocade.
LRTV Documentaries
IoT in Action

6|30|15   |   1:39   |   (7) comments


Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV

6|30|15   |   14:16   |   (1) comment


Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
LRTV Custom TV
NetNumber Founder Discusses NFV/SDN Impact on SP Networks

6|26|15   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


NetNumber Founder Doug Ranalli examines why SPs need a new network infrastructure for service agility. While NFV and SDN are the tools, the old ways of thinking about signaling control are inhibitors. Doug provides his recommendations.
LRTV Custom TV
Orchestrating NFV vCPE Services Across Multivendor Networks

6|26|15   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Cyan's Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multivendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE at LTE Summit Amsterdam 2015

6|26|15   |     |   (0) comments


As one of the leading global telecommunications providers, ZTE presented its cutting-edge technology at LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam. On display at ZTE's booth were the latest R&D achievements in wireless, 5G development, HetNet, deep convergence of FDD and TDD, and RCS/IMD/iSDN/vCN.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/29/2015
Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/30/2015
Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 6/30/2015
What's a Gigabit Good For?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/1/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
Cats with Phones