Stephen Bye, The Network Guy
Stephen Bye is the best juggler in the North American wireless industry.
We're not talking about the lost circus art, but juggling acquisitions that have led to a diverse network topology for the US's third-largest wireless operator. Bye, the CTO and vice president of technology development and corporate strategy at Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), is in charge of managing the 50,000-plus towers Sprint acquired from Clearwire, making use of its LTE TDD-compatible spectrum, and integrating cultures, networks, and visions with new parent SoftBank Corp. (See Sprint's LTE TDD Future to Boost Current Vendors and SoftBank's Son Keeps Sprint on Short Leash.)
So, needless to say, Bye is an interesting guy to keep tabs on in the wireless industry. Light Reading recently had the chance to attend a roundtable discussion Sprint hosted in Chicago where Bye spoke about the evolving Sprint network, the mobile apps and services causing him fear and/or excitement, and the future of LTE. Check out our profile of Bye, including some highlights from the talk, in the Prime Reading section of the site, here. (See Stephen Bye: Sprint's Network Visionary.)
Bye will also be a keynote speaker at The Big Telecom Event in June where he'll elaborate on Sprint's Network Vision and delve into important industry topics like mobile backhaul, small cells, and 4G LTE. You can find more details on BTE below, as well as register to see Bye's famous juggling act in person in Chicago this summer.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading
Want to learn more about this topic? Check out the agenda for the Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place June 17-18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.