Industry Insiders: Interviews with Wi-Fi's Leading Minds
September 18, 2009
Wi-Fi Planet's contributors have unique opportunities to speak with some of the Wi-Fi industry's leading thinkers. From time to time, we publish excerpts from our interviews with some of these Wi-Fi wizards in our Industry Insiders series.
Wi-Fi Planet's contributors have unique opportunities to speak with some of the Wi-Fi industry's leading thinkers. From time to time, we publish excerpts from our interviews with some of these Wi-Fi wizards in our Industry Insiders series. Read excerpts below, or click through to read the entire article.
by Jeff Goldman
Originally published September 18, 2009
In anticipation of the final ratification of 802.11n on September 11th, VeriWave last month released the latest version of its wireless testing solution, WaveAgent 2.0. We spoke with Eran Karoly, VeriWaves vice president of marketing, to discuss the ratification of 802.11n and its impact on the wireless market in general, and on VeriWave in particular.
On the reasons for the delay in ratification:
Originally published June 23, 2009
Sanjit Biswas is the CEO and co-founder of Meraki, the California-based Wi-Fi networking startup which has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2006. Our mission is to bring down the cost of access, to change the economics of access, and to bring access to people who haven't had it before," Biswas said at the timeand while the company itself has grown enormously, those basic principles remain.
We spoke with Biswas earlier this month, not long after his company announced its expansion into the enterprise market. What follows are highlights from that conversation.
On ease of use:
We try to keep the customer experience really simpleand I think were going to see more of that, where things like automatic RF planning, continuous system optimization, these sort of features, become more important as the complexity of these systems grows. It needs to be managed, because you have only a finite number of IT professionals heading this stuff up the really smart systems that are out there will end up having really simple interfaces, just so people can set it up and not worry about it.
Originally published, May 11, 2009
Peter Curnow-Ford may never be a household name in the wireless industry, but its guys like Curnow-Fordbackroom boys, movers and shakerswho help push the industry forward.
A player in the IT-telecoms space for over 30 years, on both sides of the Atlantic, but mainly in the UK, Curnow-Ford has worked for big guns, such as Nortel Networks, Fujitsu, and Logica (consulting). He launched and ran his own enterprise messaging business. For five years, he worked with 3G-focused dot-coms in the U.S.
Now he gets his kicks helping early stage wireless companies. Curnow-Ford is deeply involvedas investor, director, executive, or all threewith four firms, and consults to others.
Hes executive chairman of Bluenowhere, a UK-based wholesale WiMAX operator set to launch commercially in 4Q09. Hes a non-executive director at Plasma Antennas, a maker of beam-forming antennas, originally for the military, but now also for the Wi-Fi/WiMAX industry.
Hes non-executive chairman of Eisar, a company looking to develop technology that will bring the multi-profile, multi-threading functionality of netbooks to the handheld form factor.
And he is a non-executive director at SafetyPay, a U.S.-based company developing solutions that will let mobile workers and merchants accept and securely authenticate credit/debit card payments anywhere.
We talked to Curnow-Ford recently about the companies hes working with, the role WiMAX will play in an evolving wireless world and the very different approach to municipal and publicly-funded wireless in the UK.
by Lisa Phifer, July 14, 2008
When 802.11 pioneer Bob O'Hara retired from Cisco this February , he planned to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved time off. After 16 years in the WLAN industry, O'Hara looked forward to surfing the Web from the comfort of his couch and dabbling in charitable activities. But a phone call from a former Airespace colleague changed that. Last month [June 2008], Bob O'Hara joined the Advisory Board at start-up Aerohive Networks, where he hopes to continue making history.
O'Hara literally helped to write the original 802.11 standard back in the 90's. He co-founded Airespace in 2001 to create the industry's top-selling WLAN controller product line. In 2005, Airespace was acquired by Cisco for $450 million, widely seen as a move that re-wrote the entire enterprise WLAN landscape.
For the full article, published in July of 2008, click here.
by Naomi Graychase, March 6, 2008
We talk with Cisco's Senior Manager of Mobility Solutions about Cisco's market dominance, the future of 802.11n, WiMAX, greening technology, and other emerging trends in the enterprise.
For the full article, published in February of 2008, click here.
by Naomi Graychase
Ron Sege, Tropos Networks CEO, is optimistic. Not just because Boston College, where two of his children are enrolled, is having a miraculous football season; and not just because, when we spoke in late October, the Red Sox were well on their way to winning their second World Series in 90 years. Ron Sege is optimistic because outdoor Wi-Fi is doing welland his company is leading the way. With more than 500 deployments in the U.S. alone, and bragging rights for both durability (Troposs solution famously survived Hurricane Katrina) and performance (Novarums on-the-ground testing ranks Tropos at the top of the pack), his optimism is well-placed.
Sege (pronounced, Seggy), whose companydespite his Boston sports fan leaningsis based in Sunnyvale, California, is one of a handful of industry leaders with a uniquely valuable vantage point on the wireless market. On October 25th, we spoke about where the industry has been, where it is, and where its going.
For the full article, published in December of 2007, click here.
by Gerry Blackwell
David Fraser thinks he knows the shape of things to come in the Wi-Fi industry, and hes excited about it.
Fraser, a Scotsman transplanted to sunny California, has a unique perspective. Hes the CEO of Devicescape, which makes embedded Wi-Fi software that simplifies and automates connecting to a Wi-Fi networkany Wi-Fi network.
Devicescapes technology appears in products from six of nine major cellular handset manufacturers, including in all the N and E series smartphones from Nokia, products from Hewlett-Packard, HTC Corp.a dominant player in the Windows Mobile smartphone marketand many others.
The company is also now selling a user-installable version of its software for the iPhone through Apples AppStorewhich led us into a fascinating conversation about where the industry is going, and the role Fraser hopes his company will play.
For the full article, published in December of 2008, click here.
by Gerry Blackwell
Meet Selina Lo, Wi-Fi billionaire.
Okay, we dont actually know where Lo ranks on the list of the worlds richest people, but her bio at the Ruckus Wireless WebsiteLo is the companys president and CEOsays she sold the first entrepreneurial venture she was involved in, Alteon WebSystems, for $7.8 billion, to Nortel.
Now Lo is at the helm of a Wi-Fi company with an impressive, if short, history, and by all indications a very bright future. Founded in June 2004 by Bill Kish, its CTO, and Victor Shtrom, Ruckus is backed, to the tune of $40 million, by heavyweight investors, such as Sequoia Capital and Motorola Ventures. Its here for the duration.
The company sells its Smart Wi-Fi products around the worldover a million units to date. They feature a high-gain directional antenna system that uses patented software-based beamforming (BeamFlex) and quality of service (QoS) technologies to extend range. Ruckus claims it can deliver two to three times the coverage of competing products at very low cost.
Lo, a marketing visionary, is also known as a straight shooter who doesnt duck controversy. Thats the way she comes across on the phone: smart, articulate, opinionated. Our conversation ranged from the economy to Wi-Fis role in an increasingly crowded wireless landscape to the future of that much maligned phenomenon: muni-Wi-Fi.
For the full article, published in March of 2009, click here.