& cplSiteName &

Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers

Craig Matsumoto
3/23/2012
50%
50%

5. Dave Welch, Infinera
It took a lot of years and a lot of money to get Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) past the novelty stage, but it's now a true contender in DWDM. The question is whether its next product, the DTN-X, can be as powerful as the first. If so, then Infinera stands to make a big difference in the 100Gbit/s generation, and Welch, who's been with the company from the beginning, would stand a chance to continue its influence into the 1Tbit/s era as well.

4. John D'Ambrosia, Dell
He technically works for Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL), but really, John D'Ambrosia is known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) guru for higher-speed Ethernet -- with "higher speed" defined as "whatever comes next." Instrumental in recent product generations up to 100Gbit/s -- which is still a work in progress, he stresses -- D'Ambrosia is doing advance scouting for the 400Gbit/s or 1Tbit/s generation. Among his multiple IEEE commissions is a project to assess bandwidth demand and determine exactly what's needed for this next generation -- because, as he's been emphasizing, it's already past time to start working on it. Look for him to continue prodding the industry forward.

3. Hong Liu, Google
Bikash Koley, technical lead for network architecture and planning at Google, undoubtedly makes some big decisions and is the guy you see at conferences. He's the spokesman for the massive bandwidth requirements Google and other data-center owners are facing. But we're told that when you get down to the optical details, Liu is the person you need on your side. Components vendors are turning her way for guidance on how to craft the next generations of data-center parts.

2. Huawei
Sources couldn't decide on one person inside Huawei to nominate. We're told that if you get Huawei's interest, they don't send one guy to talk; they descend en masse, working like a hive mind, as one source described it.

Yet, Huawei's position in the market can't be ignored. It's joined the optical market-share leaders and has home-field advantage when dealing with Chinese carriers. Even without a celebrity point person, Huawei's optical work affects the industry, and it certainly affects competitors such as Alcalu, Ciena, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. .

1. Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon
Everybody in optical networking wants Glenn Wellbrock's ear. No carrier has evangelized the next-generation network harder than Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Wellbrock is the point man. (Stuart Elby has been a prominent name at Verizon, too, but his attention is more on things like software-defined networking these days.)

Not every carrier shares Verizon's point of view, but there's no question the carrier has shaped vendor roadmaps. It's Verizon, for instance, that's dictated much of today's direction in ROADMs. Verizon has been coming to conferences with big diagrams of the colorless, directionless, contentionless optical network, and a couple of years ago, it kick-started the discussion about flexible-grid ROADMs, too.

Verizon is out to distinguish itself in the context of driving the industry. The carrier wants to be an innovator, and it's pulling the optical equipment and components vendors behind it.

To close out the list, here's our OFC/NFOEC interview with Wellbrock:



(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:38:26 PM
re: Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers


Obviously the list is up for discussion. Who'd we leave off? Which picks do you especially like (or not)?


The one uncontested choice was Glenn Wellbrock. Pretty much everybody we contacted said he had to be on the list -- hence his ranking. He was a busy guy at OFC/NFOEC.

Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:38:25 PM
re: Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers


Hey, I like your list -- thanks for contributing, Odo!


Yeah, we did cop out on Huawei, but in a thought-out way that we thought was amusing (and kind of appropriate).  I don't think they can be left off of this list. In fact, if we were limited to one equipment vendor, I'd probably pick them. It's not like they're the Microsoft of this space, but they're on everybody's minds. They've got impact.


Google was sort of the opposite of a cop-out, I'd argue. If you don't like our pick, it's a consequence of our overthinking it. I'm certainly comfortable with it, but there's no doubt Bikash is a mover & shaker in his own right.


The Engana guys ... ah, there was bound to be an area we didn't explore deeply enough, so I'll concede that we should have considered them. In terms of near-term influence, though ... now that everybody claims to have gridless capability, how much more impact is Engana likely to have? (It's inside Finisar, for those who don't know, so it does have market reach.)

rahat.hussain
50%
50%
rahat.hussain,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:38:25 PM
re: Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers


nice choices overall ... extremely accomplished folks. but, as requested, some comments -


big thumbs up (or likes):


- wellbrock: clearly a mover and shaker, pushing the limits of technology, great articulation of the needs of the network.


- bowers: brilliant mind, wishing him good luck with his latest baby (aurrion)


- welch: proof is in the pudding, namely, a public company with deployed product based on his vision.


- diperna: absolutely one of the best leaders for pushing high bit-rates and more importantly coherent systems into the market.


 


questionable:


- alwan: clearly an lr favorite and in spite of an acknowledged lack of optical expertise and relevance to 100G or ROADMs, he sneaks in. may as well set up a popularity award and give it to him. clear a spot for a real shaker in optical. (who, you ask? see next category).


 


missing:


- frisken and poole: come on guys, you say roadms, you love wss' and no real proponent in this space. look no further (south) than our friends from engana. these are the pioneers of the flexible grid solutions. acknowledge it. now.


 


cop-out:


- google: clearly bikash is the guy, but you want to include others? that's quite alright i guess.


- huawei: really? not being able to name individuals is a clear sign that the moving and shaking is being done by committee.


 


unsure:


- cole, d'ambrosia (just don't know these guys or their accomplishments except being on standards committees).


- jain (just know idea who this guy is and why a backhaul guy is in this list, but what the heck, he is #10, and he gave lr an interview, so ok).


 


so, my top x list would be -


1. koley, wellbrock (carriers)


2. diperna, welch (systems)


3. bowers, frisken-poole (technology/components)


4. cole, d'ambrosia (standards) - if you say these are the guys, so be it.


 


ok, that's just nine people, but no point trying to find folks to fill the last slot. leave it at nine.


 


odo - who has now stirred the pot, if nothing else!


 


 


 

rhr
50%
50%
rhr,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:38:22 PM
re: Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers
An excellent and thought-provoking list.-áThe idea of movers and shakers implies scale and importance and that is reflected here. But in an ideal world where everything and everyoneGÇÖs work and value are known, one or two great Japanese operators and companies should be here too. The same applies to some individuals in Europe, say at Duetsche Telekom or FT.

Also a thought for some unheralded players. They don't have the scale but have some deep thinkers - in South Korea or at some European vendors. The likes of mid-size companies like ADVA, Transmode and Ekinops, or the odd Israeli entrepreneur or firm. They may fail the scale test and as such only make an official top-50 list but perhaps the true value of their innovation is higher.
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:37:59 PM
re: Top Ten: Optical Networking Movers & Shakers


Thanks rhr. Yes, I'll admit it's a North American-focused list -- reflecting the fact that we work out of North America and get the greatest amount of exposure to the folks who happen to be here.


Good point about the innovation in Japan. Companies and universities there are still very heavily represented in the OFC papers and post-deadlines. Maybe I should be more in touch with what's happening over there.


About the deep thinkers in the mid-sized companies... that's a very interesting idea. Maybe we could collect up a few of those names for a different kind of report someday.

From The Founder
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Cisco: Mentoring Critical to Attract & Retain Women

7|19|17   |   6:40   |   (1) comment


Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit LTE With Snapdragon 835

7|12|17   |     |   (1) comment


At an event in Wembley stadium, EE used its live network to demonstrate gigabit LTE using a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
LRTV Custom TV
Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
LRTV Custom TV
Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


When used to analyze operational data and to drive operational decisions, machine intelligence reduces the number of tasks which require human intervention. Guavus invested in Machine Intelligence early. Learn about the difference between Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

7|12|17   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Masergy's NFV Journey

7|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Mavenir on RCS Cloud Platform & Multi-ID

7|10|17   |     |   (0) comments


Guillaume Le Mener, head of marketing and corporate development at Mavenir, discussed RCS and the recent launch of Multi-ID, which supports T-Mobile's DIGITS, the revolutionary new technology that breaks down the limitation of one number per phone and one phone per number.
LRTV Custom TV
ADTRAN Executive Outlines Trends in Next-Generation 10-Gigabit Cable Networks

7|10|17   |     |   (0) comments


Hossam Salib, VP of Cable and Wireless Strategy at ADTRAN, outlines key trends as MSOs begin to deploy next-generation Gigabit and 10-Gigabit cable networks. In the interview, Hossam outlines the advantages of a Fiber Deep architecture, FTTH options including EPON and RFoG, and the importance of SDN and NFV in building next-generation high-bandwidth cable networks.
LRTV Interviews
Global Capacity: Bandwidth Demand Driving Ethernet Growth

7|6|17   |   6:37   |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, Global Capacity's VP of Marketing Mary Stanhope talks about how the demand for bandwidth is changing the way service providers deliver broadband services.
LRTV Interviews
Colt's Services Chief on Digital Delivery

7|5|17   |   16:12   |   (0) comments


Rogier Bronsgeest, the chief customer experience officer (chief CEO!) at Colt, discusses the way in which the service provider interacts with its customers these days and his aggressive net promoter score (NPS) targets.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
BT VP: Women Should Fill Security Talent Gap

7|5|17   |   6:00   |   (2) comments


By 2020 there will be six security jobs for every qualified worker, and Kate Kuehn, vice president of Security for BT in the Americas, says BT wants to encourage women to fill the shortage in jobs.
LRTV Interviews
Colt Sales Exec on Services Trends

7|4|17   |   12:59   |   (0) comments


Colt's sales director for enterprise, James Kershaw, sheds some light on the services currently in demand and how network upgrades are influencing customer demand.
Upcoming Live Events
September 28, 2017, Denver, CO
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Mobile to Power Online Video Consumption – Zenith
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 7/19/2017
Can Mushroom Sprout in Crowded SD-WAN Field?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/18/2017
AI Will Be Ubiquitous in 2020 but Overhyped in 2017 – Gartner
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 7/18/2017
Facing the Facebook Video Threat
Gary Miles, Chief Marketing Officer, Amdocs, 7/17/2017
Brocade, Broadcom Merger in Doubt
Iain Morris, News Editor, 7/19/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
Animals with Phones
Fuzzy Quick Fix Click Here
If you can't access it, is it really broken?
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.