Jul 13, 2021

People Moves: Phil Brace, Daisy Chittilapilly, Don McGuire

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Phil Brace, Daisy Chittilapilly, and Don McGuire have taken on new roles within the industry, joining Sierra Wireless, Cisco, and Qualcomm.

Phil Brace 

From: Executive Vice President, Veritas Technologies 

To: President and Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Wireless

Phil Brace has an extensive background in the technology industry, applying his skills to executive roles in companies such as Seagate Technology and Intel Corporation. Before beginning his career, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, which was followed by a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University. 

His most recent position was as the Executive Vice President of Veritas Technologies and has now moved on to become the Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Wireless. “I am thrilled to welcome Phil to Sierra Wireless,” said Robin Abrams, Chair of the Sierra Wireless Board of Directors. 

“After an extensive search process, we are pleased to have secured a high-caliber candidate with a strong track record and more than 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor, server, and storage industries including hardware, software, services, engineering, marketing, and sales. I am confident Phil will add significant value in leading Sierra Wireless’ continued growth as a global IoT solutions provider”, Abrams added. 


Phil Brace, newly appointed President and CEO of Sierra Wireless.


Daisy Chittilapilly

From: Managing Director, Digital Transformation Office, Cisco

To: President of India & SAARC region, Cisco

Taking over from Sameer Garde who had held the role since July 2017, Daisy Chittilapilly will become Cisco’s new President of its India and SAARC regions. She will be responsible for strategy and sales, operations and investments for the company with the aim of accelerating long-term growth. 

Prior to the new appointment, her latest role was as the Managing Director of Cisco’s Digital Transformation Office which involved working with customers to capture and scale opportunities in the emerging digital space. 

“I am excited about the possibilities we can shape for India's people and businesses, and I look forward to working closely with our customers, partners, communities, and the government to bring these possibilities to life”, she said.


Daisy Chittilapilly, newly appointed President of India and SAARC operations, Cisco.

Don McGuire 

From: Vice President of Global Product Marketing

To: Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Qualcomm 

Having joined Qualcomm in 2016 as Vice President of Global Product Marketing, Don McGuire takes over from Penny Baldwin as the new Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Baldwin will retire at the end of 2021. 

Working across the service provider, device OEM, content/applications, and semiconductor industries, McGuire has more than 25 years’ marketing experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has also attended an executive masters programme at Stanford University Schwab School of Business. 


Don McGuire, newly appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Qualcomm.


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Jul 28, 2021

Verizon, Samsung complete 5G data session on C-band spectrum

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Verizon and Samsung’s 5G data session, completed over the C-band spectrum, used cloud-native, end-to-end virtualisation to optimise network performance

U.S telecom Verizon, in partnership with Samsung Electronics, has completed a trial of a 5G data session over the C-band spectrum. The test was conducted in a live network environment using cloud-native, end-to-end virtualisation in preparation for Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband expansion. 

Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning at Verizon, said: “We have been driving the industry to large-scale virtualisation using the advanced architecture we have built into our network from the core to the far edge. This recent accomplishment paves the way for a more programmable, efficient, and scalable 5G network. “Customers deserve more than mere access to 5G. They deserve 5G built with the highest, gold-standard engineering practices that have positioned Verizon as the most reliable industry leader for years.”

The importance of virtualisation in optimising 5G network performance 

According to Samsung, Virtualisation plays a vital role in delivering advanced 5G network services. This is due to 5G use cases such as IoT solutions, more robust consumer devices and solutions, AR/VR, remote healthcare, autonomous robotics in manufacturing environments, and ubiquitous smart city solutions, becoming more dependant on the programmability of virtualised networks. 

Pleased with the result of the trial, Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said: “We’re proud to mark another milestone following our first large-scale commercial 5G vRAN deployment for Verizon, which is currently servicing millions of users. This trial reinforces our commitment to helping operators evolve their advanced 5G networks.”

The trials used Samsung’s fully virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution built on its own software stack and C-band 64T64R Massive MIMO radio in coordination with Verizon’s virtualized core. “The trials achieved speeds commensurate with traditional hardware-based equipment,” the companies said.

Verizon claims that cloud-native, virtualised architecture provides greater flexibility aster delivery of services, greater scalability, and improved cost efficiency in networks”, allowing it to lead the way in network slicing and wide-scale mobile edge computing. 

The technology also enables Verizon to respond quickly to customer’s latency and computing needs. Virtualisation aims to lower the entry barrier for new vendors in the ecosystem while entrants will be able to accelerate innovation and reduce operating costs, the companies said. 

Verizon is planning to make the 5G C-band spectrum initially available to 46 markets by the first quarter of 2022, and provide the Ultra-Wideband service to 100mn people. Throughout the next two years, the company expects coverage to increase to 175mn people before reaching 250mn by the end of 2024.


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