NSN Hires a CTO
Moiin, who joins on July 1, will be "responsible for developing and advocating the company’s technology strategy and long-term views on network architecture," states NSN.
What's eye-catching about this announcement, though, is Moiin's background: He joins on July 1 from BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), where he is currently "responsible for mobile technology and architecture."
BT, of course, is the odd one out among its Tier 1 peers in that it doesn't have its own mobile network: While waiting for new wireless broadband spectrum to be awarded in the UK (giving BT the chance to enter the WiMax/LTE market), the British incumbent's main mobile preoccupation has been the management of other operators' mobile traffic across its fixed network, and the development of a wholesale wireless backhaul business.
Prior to BT, though, Moiin was chief architect and VP for technical strategy at T-Mobile International AG .
Moiin joins a vendor that is becoming less and less reliant on network hardware for its sales. Almost half of NSN's revenues now come from professional services, and the company is placing an increasing emphasis on its Business Solutions division, which sells Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) technology to operators. (See SPIT Week Spotlight: Nokia Siemens Networks, Software Sands Are Shifting, NSN Tackles OSS Silos, MTS Outsources to NSN, and NSN Shrinks Again, But Q2 Looks Rosier.)
But NSN is still one of the main infrastructure players, especially in the mobile sector. Moiin, though, will need to figure out what to do with the vendor's optical, Carrier Ethernet, and fixed broadband assets too, though. (See NSN Gets Energetic Over RAN, Chunghwa Trial LTE With NSN, Telefónica Spain Does HSPA+ With NSN, Telstra Checks Out LTE , and MWC 2010: The LTE G8.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading