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Small Cell Movers & Shakers: Update

The past year has seen a lot of action in the small cell market, as vendors and carriers gear up for an even more action-packed 2015.

A lot of the activity has been people-related. This time last year we posted our first list of the Small Cells Movers & Shakers. During the past 12 months, much has happened to the individuals named in that list, from executives rising in the ranks at their companies, achieving key milestones for small cell deployments, or moving and shaking their way out of the industry. (See Top 6 Small Cells Movers & Shakers.)

So here's a look at what those key executives are up to now and what we might be able to expect from them next year in the world of mini, low-power basestations. Let us know who else you think will be moving and shaking in small cells in 2015 in the comments section below. (See LTE Small Cells Set to Be Big in 2015.)

Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO/EVP, Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom

Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO/EVP, Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom
Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO/EVP, Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom

SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) continues to be ahead of the curve. While most of the world's operators are working on single-mode LTE small cell deployments, SKT -- under Choi's direction -- is working on LTE-Advanced features that will make its heterogeneous network smarter and more efficient. As one example, the South Korean operator is working with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) on what it calls Smart Wake-Up technology to dynamically wake up small cells when traffic is bound for them. By letting small cells remain idle when not in use, SK Telecom says it can reduce interference and speed up data transmissions. (See SK Telecom, Ericsson Collaborate on 5G Research.)

Gordon Mansfield, former AVP of technology, AT&T; now AVP of access analytics, AT&T

Gordon Mansfield, now AVP of access analytics, AT&T
Gordon Mansfield, now AVP of access analytics, AT&T

Mansfield turned over the reins of the Small Cell Forum Ltd. to Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s Dr. Alan Law and took on a new title at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) as well. As the new AVP of access analytics, he's responsible for network analytics across all of AT&T's access platforms -- wireline, wireless and video. A spokesperson tells us he is still responsible for some small cell capabilities, including AT&T's HetNet Analysis and Resource Planning (HARP) tool, but Albert Burkes has assumed his previous small cell responsibilities. When it comes to building out AT&T's portfolio of single-mode LTE small cells and multi-standard metrocell products next year, Burkes is now the man to watch. (See AT&T Turns to DOCSIS for Small Cell Backhaul, AT&T Sings Song of Small Cells With HARP and AT&T Readies LTE-Only Small Cells, Eyes Multimode by 2015.)

Behrooz Parsay, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, SpiderCloud

Behrooz Parsay, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, SpiderCloud
Behrooz Parsay, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, SpiderCloud

SpiderCloud Wireless continued to move and shake, and prod its vendor competition, all year. Most recently it announced a significant win with Verizon Wireless for dual-band LTE small cells for the enterprise. Parsay keeps tackling the challenges that have the big vendors struggling behind the scenes, while SpiderCloud CMO Ronny Haraldsvik keeps throwing shade on those same competitors in the public sphere. (See Verizon Taps SpiderCloud for Dual-Band 4G Small Cells.)

Dr. Alan Law, New Technology Manager, Vodafone Group

Dr. Alan Law, New Technology Manager, Vodafone Group
Dr. Alan Law, New Technology Manager, Vodafone Group

Since this time last year, Law has taken over as the head of the Small Cell Forum, while also moving the needle at Vodafone, which has struck deals with SpiderCloud, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and JCDecaux. At the Forum, Law is responsible for overseeing its release program on small cell how-tos, shaping standards, and advocating for small cells in the market. At Vodafone, he continues to strengthen the carrier's LTE small cell strategy as part of its Project Spring network investment. (See Small Cell Forum Lays Down the Law.)

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