Vasona CTO switch signals desire to scale up edge optimisation deployments

Vasona Networks hoping new CTO can leverage operator experience to drive development to large scale deployments.

Vasona Networks, a company that markets technology that can optimise traffic based on cell conditions, has decided that the time has come for a new CTO as it targets increased operator engagements and scale deployments.

Founding CTO Nery Strasman, who co-founded the company in 2010 with CEO Biren Sood, is leaving the company. He is making way for Rui Frazao, previously Director of Network Technology for Vodafone Central Europe – a role which included oversight of mobile radio, transmission, and core networks. Clearly Vasona’s hope is that Frazao’s operator experience, as well as experience in mobile edge deployments and NFV, will open more doors within T1 operators. As Vasona seeks to fit into the intelligent edge and operators’ attempts to distribute network intelligence, an ability to align with virtualised network infrastructure is likely to be critical.

According to Vasona, Frazao was in charge of the launch of Europe’s first full-production, virtualised network core,  as well as the deployment of VoLTE within Vodafone Germany. He is also regarded, the company said, as a leading thinker on mobile edge technology.

Frazao said that Vasona’s presence at the edge of the network was in line with the challenges operators face to meet increasing demand for data volumes, as well as the requirments of the IoT.

“There is movement towards delivering applications from the network edge, which I’ve experienced first-hand through Vodafone’s virtualization initiatives,” Frazao said. “Vasona Networks is taking a leadership position in these trends, making now a fantastic time to work on advancing the company’s technological vision and implementation.”

TMN reported on Vasona’s work with Telefonica UK last year, and understands the company currently has T1 in use in France, India and Mexico. CEO Sood said, “Rui’s experience, expertise and visionary track record are vital as our rollouts expand and our work proceeds with customers on realising the future of mobile network architectures.”