Mobile World Congress: Our Key Players

Meet the team of Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts who will be out at MWC in full force.

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

February 3, 2014

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Mobile World Congress: Our Key Players

It's February, the snow won't let up, and thoughts of tapas, small cells, and the crowded streets of Las Ramblas are uppermost in my mind. It can only mean one thing -- it's almost time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress is the year's biggest mobile service provider show, and, as always, the Light Reading and Heavy Reading teams will be there in full force.

If you're going to the show as well, we'd probably love to meet up, but before you pitch Ray on mobile games or Dan Jones on Ethernet, we thought it'd be useful to let you know what key topics we're interested in at the show. It's not an exhaustive list, but, much like the network operators, these coverage areas are our top priorities.

So here are our key players and what they're keen on. If you're a good fit, reach out! If not, no hard feelings. We hope to bump into you on the show floor -- or the bar -- either way.

Light Reading Editors

Ray Le Maistre, Editor in Chief

  • Covering: Service Provider IT (SPIT), focusing specifically on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV); mobile network security; also vino and espresso (V&E)

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor

  • Covering: Carrier WiFi, voice-over LTE (VoLTE), M2M and next-gen services, food and wine

Heavy Reading Analysts

Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: Mobile security, backhaul

  • Hosting a breakfast on "Creating Trust in the Mobile Network," on February 26. Find more details and register here.

Sarah Wallace, Analyst

  • Covering: BSS/OSS, Big Data/Analytics, customer/cross-channel experience, and the Collaborative Economy

Graham Finnie, Chief Analyst

  • Covering: policy management, RAN congestion control, NFV and SDN

Caroline Chappell, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: cloud management and orchestration technologies, both NFV and enterprise cloud related; cloud service enablement, virtualization technologies/SDN, next generation OSS for virtualized networks, customer experience management, and service delivery platforms

Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: virtualization and how it affects IMS, Diameter Signaling Controllers and SBCs, the impact of SDN on application delivery controllers, Diameter adoption, subscriber data management, identity management and analytics, SDN and NFV adoption, and managed services

Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: LTE-Advanced, mobile core network, NFV and SDN in mobile networks

Check back to Light Reading all month for coverage leading up to and at the show. See you in Barcelona!

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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