Aktino Hires New CEO
Lonnie Martin has joined Ethernet over copper supplier Aktino Inc. as its new CEO, Light Reading has learned.
Martin, a former ADC (Nasdaq: ADCT) executive, takes over for Bruce Kimble, another former executive at ADC executive, who left the company an indeterminate amount of time ago.
Aktino is generally thought to be running fourth in the three-horse race of Adtran, Hatteras Networks Inc. , and Actelis Networks Inc. , even though there has been talk recently about the company making in-roads at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Still, Martin says he's convinced that Aktino has a technology advantage that the other two Ethernet over copper vendors lack. (See Adtran Muscles Into Copper Ethernet.)
"We use MIMO over DMT, the others use G.SHDSL," Martin wrote in an email to Light Reading. [Ed. note: Ahh, he's read the company Website.]
Martin explains that VDSL2-based MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) on DMT (Discrete Multi-Tone) technology works well because when you bond copper loops, each loop is essentially an antenna, as are all the other loops in the binder group. So using MIMO makes sense in that it cuts down on the "crosstalk" -- any disturbances that would disrupt the bandwidth speeds or reach. The approach allows for a higher quality connection on something the telcos have plenty of -- copper lines -- and it gives them a way to serve customers in big buildings that aren't yet connected to a fiber network.
Martin's last gig was as CEO of optical networking startup White Rock Networks, which arrived in 2000, hit its stride in late 2001, but eventually ran low on funds and sold itself to Turin Networks Inc. (See White Rock: Heavy Metal?, White Rock Expands, White Rock Got Rocked, and Turin Buys White Rock Assets.)
Interestingly, this time around Martin is landing at a startup after the company has invested the time and money getting its technology talked up at all the major carriers. At White Rock, the team there spent years trying to validate its approach to optical transport, and ran out of gas before it could make the register ring in any significant way.
Just like Hatteras and Actelis, it's hard not to believe there's a market here, especially if you've shopped for office space recently. Thousands of buildings across the nation are still without fiber connections and yet the speeds and feeds demanded are in excess of what was considered normal five years ago. Martin adds: "Most of the market is in front of us, and... it's just starting to ramp considerably."
— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading