Aperto Names Pratt CEO

WiMax vendor Aperto Networks Inc. is announcing today that it has named telecom veteran Michael Pratt as its new CEO, replacing Reza Ahy, who will continue as founder and chairman of the board.

Pratt brings 20 years of experience as a telecommunications exec; he was most recently the president of ADC's Active Infrastructure division.

"What's exciting to me about this market is that I believe in the promise of broadband wireless networks driven by WiMax standards," Pratt says. "We're at the beginning of the next wave of this new expansive access technology. It's always exciting to be at this stage of something that's going to take off and be as consequential as WiMax will be."

Aperto was founded in 1999. Pratt's appointment culminates a period of bringing on a seasoned management team, says Aperto vice president of marketing Manish Gupta. (See WiMax Gear Approved for Market.)

"Over the next 12 months, it's really about putting our heads down and getting these deployments going," says Gupta. "The hype phase is behind us, and we are now in the reality phase."

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— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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