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Vodafone veteran to spearhead tech strategy at Vasona


Network vendor Vasona has appointed Vodafone veteran Rui Frazao as its Chief Technology Officer.

Frazao will be tasked with advancing Vasona's network edge solutions SmartAIR and SmartVISION. Both products dynamically control a network by measuring data traffic and congestion across individual cells. The solutions claim to minimise latency and improve user experience.

Vasona said both products can help operators get real-time and long-term analysis on how their network operates, as well as assisting with capacity planning.

Frazao spent 15 years at Vodafone, where he was most recently director of network engineering. He was responsible for infrastructure projects across Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Czech Republic, specialising in mobile radio, transmission and core across voice, data and enterprise.

Key projects at Vodafone included the launch of Europe's first virtualised network core and the deployment of VoLTE in Germany.

Frazao said: “As mobile network operators deal with IoT and rapid demand growth, there is movement towards delivering applications from the network edge, which I’ve experienced first-hand through Vodafone’s virtualisation initiatives.”

Biren Sood, CEO of Vasona Networks, added: “Rui brings an operator’s perspective on how Vasona Networks’ solutions deploy in the network, and has unique understanding about the rise of virtualization in environments operating at large and growing scale. Rui’s experience, expertise and visionary track record are vital as our rollouts expand and our work proceeds with customers on realizing the future of mobile network architectures.”