Adtran has tapped Ronan Kelly to serve in its newly created CTO position for the vendor's EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
Kelly will be tasked with focusing on the company's international growth and technology innovation as it looks to expand its presence with global Tier 1 service providers.
"His extensive service provider experience, in combination with his technical knowledge and customer focus, brings a unique perspective to our customers making him the perfect person to lead our technical efforts in the EMEA and APAC regions," said Eduard Scheiterer, senior vice president and managing director, international markets for Adtran, in a release. "Ronan will be focusing on the long-term strategies of Tier 1 service providers, as well as the development and implementation of technologies and system architectures."
Prior to his new role as CTO of EMEA and Asia-Pacific, Kelly served as the director of product management for ADTRAN GmbH.
It's likely that Kelly will be focused on driving Adtran's new innovations such as Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV), which it claims can enhance the capabilities of next-gen G.fast and VDSL vectoring on existing copper wiring by enabling both methods to effectively coexist across a single subscriber line in the service provider's network. A number of European service providers like Telekom Austria and Deutsche Telekom have been proponents of a hybrid copper/fiber fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) approach for their next-gen broadband plans.
Europe is a big market opportunity for Adtran and its competitors. Deutsche Telekom, according to reports that emerged in late January, has made a bid to acquire the remaining piece it does not own in Greece's OTE phone company that's currently held by the Greek government, for example. However, it will take time to understand how the potential of these deals could have an effect on Adtran.
Adtran reported that slowness in its European and enterprise service lines contributed to its third-quarter 2014 revenue decline.
- see the release
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