Graham Finnie: Chief Analyst
Graham Finnie has been researching telecommunications for more than 20 years, formerly as a journalist and latterly as an analyst and consultant. Since joining Heavy Reading in September 2004, following a ten-year tenure at the Yankee Group, Finnie has been responsible for a wide range of research, focusing primarily on next-generation broadband services and IMS. He became Chief Analyst of Heavy Reading in February 2007. He has also hosted numerous Webinars and Live events for Light Reading, and is a regular speaker at other major industry events. As a journalist, Finnie was formerly editor-in-chief of the award-winning industry paper Communications Week International and has edited several other leading trade publications. He is based in the U.K.
Berge Ayvazian: Senior Consultant – 4G Consulting Practice
Berge Ayvazian is leading a 4G Network Consulting practice to help global operators and their vendors develop a complete mobile Internet business case and plan their 4G technology roadmaps. He also leads the 4G Executive Advisory Service, conducting research and consulting projects on the convergence of broadband and mobility, business strategies mobile broadband service providers and 4G network technology vendors. Ayvazian joined Heavy Reading following more than 20 years as a senior telecom industry analyst and strategy consultant with Yankee Group. He served as Yankee Group's CEO from 1999 through 2001, and later served as strategy director for the Reuters Research and Advisory Unit. Ayvazian is a frequent speaker at Light Reading and other telecom industry events, and was contributing editor of 4G Trends and co-chairman of the 4G World, WiMAX World and Mobile Internet World conference programs.
Sterling Perrin: Senior Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport
Sterling Perrin has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage areas at Heavy Reading include optical networking, cable MSO infrastructure and services, and digital content. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Quarterly Market Tracker, a special quarterly research service. Perrin joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Perrin worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Perrin is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and is a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.
Patrick Donegan: Senior Analyst – Wireless Data Networks & Backhaul
Patrick Donegan has more than 20 years' experience as a telecom market journalist, analyst, and strategist. His in-depth knowledge of wireless technology issues is critical to Heavy Reading's expanding coverage in this area. He also authors Heavy Reading's Ethernet Backhaul Quarterly Market Tracker, a special quarterly research service. Donegan joined Heavy Reading after five years at Nortel Networks, where he was a senior manager of strategic planning for the company's wireless business – spanning GSM, CDMA, UMTS, WiMax, and other wireless technologies. Prior to Nortel, he spent two years in business research for Motorola's Corporate Strategy Office in EMEA and two years as a wireless analyst for the Yankee Group. As a journalist, he was deputy editor of Public Network Europe from 1990-1995 and editor of Mobile Communications International from 1995-1997. Donegan holds a B.A. in industrial relations and politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is based in the U.K.
Alan Breznick: Senior Analyst – Cable Services & Networks
Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and broadband industries for more than 20 years. At Heavy Reading, his primary field of focus is on cable/MSO services and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. He also authors Heavy Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technology Quarterly Market Tracker, a special quarterly research service. Before moving to Heavy Reading, Breznick had been the editor of Light Reading's Cable Digital News Website and author of Light Reading's Cable Industry Insider. Breznick was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He has previously reported for Crain's New York Business, Communications Daily, Multichannel News, Cable World, and Genuine Article Press. He is based in the Toronto area.
Jim Hodges: Senior Analyst – Service Enabling Architecture & Software
Jim Hodges has worked in telecommunications for more than 20 years, with experience in both marketing and technology roles. His primary areas of research coverage at Heavy Reading softswitch, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and application server architectures and virtualization, control plane protocols such as Diameter and OpenFlow, IP service delivery, subscriber data management (SDM) and managed services. Hodges joined Heavy Reading after nine years at Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape, most recently as a senior marketing manager. Other activities at Nortel included definition of media gateway network architectures and development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional industry experience was gained with Bell Canada, where Hodges performed IN and SS7 planning, numbering administration and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Hodges is based in Ottawa.
Gabriel Brown: Senior Analyst – Wireless Data Services & LTE
Gabriel Brown's coverage at Heavy Reading focuses on wireless data networking technologies, including 3G/HSPA, WiMax, and LTE, with a specific focus on how these technologies impact the wider mobile Internet services market. He has covered the wireless data industry since 1998, previously as Chief Analyst of the monthly Unstrung Insider, published by Heavy Reading's parent company Light Reading. Before moving to Heavy Reading, Brown was additionally responsible for the overall editorial planning of Light Reading's entire line of Insider research newsletters. Prior to joining Unstrung, Brown was the editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor. He often presents research findings at industry events and is regularly consulted by wireless networking technology leaders. He is based in the U.K.
Ari Banerjee: Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT
Ari Banerjee focuses on service provider IT, including all aspects of telecom software research. Banerjee examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service, and infrastructure management. His area of focus includes all aspects of BSS, OSS, SDP, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance, and elements that span both the infrastructure and network software markets, such as data warehousing, analytics, and business intelligence. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Banerjee was the vice president of next generation software systems at Yankee Group, leading and overseeing all aspects of their telecom software research. Banerjee holds a B.E. in electronics and communications from Manipal Institute of Technology in India, an M.S. in computer information systems from Bentley College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Glasgow Business School.
Caroline Chappell: Senior Analyst
Caroline Chappell leads Heavy Reading's research into service provider cloud adoption for internal IT, enterprise service delivery and network functions virtualization (NFV) purposes. She also covers technologies that support telco application development and delivery and customer experience management. She is currently tracking the impact of SDN and NFV on telecom organizations and has a major interest in the new architectures and systems needed for operating SDN and NFV-based networks. Caroline has over 25 years' experience of researching and writing about the ICT industry for global analyst firms and publications and has led major research projects for communications service providers, vendors, financial institutions and government bodies. She is an authority on the global wholesale telecom industry and her work synthesizes a broad understanding of ICT innovation with a deep knowledge of telecom market dynamics. Chappell is based in the U.K.
Sarah Wallace: Analyst
Sarah Wallace focuses on service provider IT, including all aspects of BSS/OSS. She also focuses on BSS/OSS managed services, analytics, mobile commerce and mobile banking. She is particularly interested in examining how service providers will enable customers to enjoy voice, data, video, app, gaming, cloud and enterprise services while at the same time trying to survive in the competitive landscape. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Wallace served as an OSS Analyst for RHK and as a Senior Editor for TelOSSource Magazine. She has worked as a journalist for trade publications in the call center industry and has also served as a writer/consultant in social media for global brands.
Simon Stanley: Analyst at Large
Simon Stanley is founder and principal consultant of Earlswood Marketing, an independent market analysis and consulting company based in the U.K. His recent work has included investment due diligence, market analysis for investors, and business/product strategy for semiconductor companies. Over the past nine years, Stanley has written extensively for Heavy Reading and Light Reading, contributing reports and Webinars covering a variety of communications-related subjects, including 10-Gbit/s Ethernet transponders and PHY chips, switch fabric chipsets, traffic manager chips, network processors, and next-gen Sonet/SDH silicon. He has also run several Light Reading Live! events covering ATCA, MicroTCA, 10-Gbit/s Ethernet components, and broadband devices. Stanley also writes the bimonthly Heavy Reading Components Insider research newsletter, covering the latest developments in telecom silicon and subsystems. Stanley holds a Bachelor's (Honors) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.
Dennis Mendyk: Vice President of Research
Mendyk is Vice President of Research for the Light Reading Communications Network and its research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research. His career in technology and telecom industry coverage spans more than 25 years and includes work for such major firms as McGraw-Hill, Ziff-Davis, and United Business Media. Mendyk is a past winner of the American Business Media Association's Jesse H. Neal Award for editorial achievement and a graduate of New York University and the University of Connecticut.