Eric Bozich, VP of Product Management, Qwest: Rising stars in wireline

Eric Bozich, QwestEric Bozich's 17-plus year career with Qwest (NYSE: Q)--one that began when he started out with the former US West in 1994--has been one centered helping the company craft new products for both consumers and businesses.

Holding the title of Qwest's VP of product management since 1998, Bozich has led the rollout of a wide range of converged voice and data services including Qwest Integrated Access VoIP, iQ Networking (MPLS WAN), IP Contact Center, Metro and Long Haul Ethernet and Managed IP Communications.

More recently, Bozich has been moving Qwest's cloud and most recently launched DWDM-based Ethernet products.

With the debut of its DWDM-based E-Line Ethernet service, Bozich revealed to FierceTelecom recently that by offering the service over its DWDM network it would be able to more easily extend it to more medium sized businesses. Traditionally providing Ethernet over its SONET network under its Ethernet Private Line title, the new service rides on its nationwide DWDM network and leverages MPLS for intelligent routing and concatenation.

Bozich said that the traditional method of providing Ethernet over SONET "created a situation where the entry level bandwidth was probably a 100 Mbps or more and did not really address the marketplace for a 50 Mbps service or a 25 Mbps service where people are trying to deploy applications with those types of bandwidth requirements."

New products aside, the bigger question now is what is Bozich going to do next when Qwest completes its merger with CenturyLink?

When the CenturyLink merger is complete--arguably one of the biggest changes the company has gone through since it purchased the former US West in 2000--Bozich is going to remain at the yet to be named new company's VP Wholesale Product, Marketing and Pricing provider's wholesale business, which will be run by CenturyLink's current VP of wholesale Bill Cheek.

With a growing focus by Qwest and CenturyLink on expanding their capabilities to serve a growing base of wireless operators with Fiber to the Cellsite services--one that Qwest plans on continuing to build in 2011--Bozich will be able to apply his product development skills to create new offerings at the new company.

Eric Bozich, VP of Product Management, Qwest: Rising stars in wireline
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