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Federated Wireless Names Iyad Tarazi as Chief Executive Officer
|By Business Wire
|September 2, 2014 08:05 AM EDT
Federated Wireless, which develops technologies to maximize the
utilization of spectrum resources, today named Iyad Tarazi, the former
Sprint Corp. executive who spearheaded that company’s Network Vision
network modernization project, as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Iyad Tarazi was Vice President of Network Development at Sprint,
overseeing the development and integration of new products and
technologies within Sprint’s networks and managing Sprint Nextel’s
technology integration labs. Prior to the Sprint-Nextel merger, he led
Nextel’s Network Engineering organization, managing network planning,
integration performance engineering, testing, and core deployment
initiatives. He has also held positions with MCI and serves as a Board
member for CafeX Communications, which specializes in collaborative
Tarazi’s experience designing Sprint’s network provides him with a
strong understanding of the challenges that carriers, and the broader
wireless industry, face in managing and maximizing the use of spectrum.
An explosion in the use of wireless communications, and in particular
video content delivery, has led to a growing deficiency in spectrum and
prompted federal users as well as commercial carriers to seek ways of
better utilizing this scarce resource.
Federated Wireless has been an active participant in the rulemaking
process managed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to address
this issue, and is building a proprietary Spectrum Access System (SAS)
that leverages advanced cognitive radio techniques to provide secure,
dynamic and efficient sharing of spectrum resources.
“Federated Wireless has an opportunity to play a major role in creating
the architecture of the next generation of wireless,” Tarazi said. “The
company has built the technologies and techniques that will allow us to
protect national security and share spectrum between multiple users
outside of the government. This will enable more investment in wireless,
and allow us to realize the full economic and commercial value of this
The SAS developed by Federated Wireless, known as Spectrum Director,
allows three tiers of access to spectrum by minimizing the exclusion
zones that result from concentrations of radar systems along U.S. coasts
and managing interference; optimizing spectrum usage amongst multiple
user groups; and providing essential levels of security and obfuscation
to enable the highest and best use of the scarce resource. This makes it
possible to open up more spectrum for commercial services in the
locations and times needed to deploy a viable nationwide network than
what could be enabled by other SAS providers.
The FCC has designated two frequency bands as “Fast Track” spectrum for
commercial use. Virginia-based Federated Wireless has provided proposals
for a three-step licensing model and system architecture, incorporating
large parts of the Revised Framework as proposed by the FCC.
“The addition of Iyad Tarazi to Federated Wireless’ world-class
technology team reinforces our belief that the company is poised to be a
leader in the growth of mobile broadband and the development of 5G
(fifth generation) cellular communications,” said John Serafini, Vice
President at Allied Minds, the primary investor in Federated Wireless.
More information about the company’s products, as well as copies of its
filings to the FCC, can be found at www.federatedwireless.com.
Federated Wireless is a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM).
About Federated Wireless
Founded in 2012, Federated Wireless was formed around groundbreaking
technologies originating from Virginia Tech and backed by investors,
Allied Minds. The company addresses the changing needs of wireless
communications from a unique perspective of supply, demand and the
appropriateness of solutions for various problems, combining world-class
expertise in cognitive radio with advanced analytics to enhance the
performance of mobile broadband networks, improving capacity through
higher spectrum utilization and optimizing the flow of data. More
information can be found at www.federatedwireless.com.
About Allied Minds
Allied Minds (LSE: ALM) is an innovative U.S. science and technology
development and commercialization company. Operating since 2006, Allied
Minds forms, funds, manages and builds products and businesses based on
innovative technologies developed at leading U.S. universities and
federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified
holding company that supports its businesses and product development
with capital, central management and shared services. More information
about the Boston-based company can be found at www.alliedminds.com.
Allied Minds Forward-Looking Statement
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forward-looking statements, including statements that relate to the
company’s future prospects, developments and strategies. The
forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are
subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from
current expectations, including, but not limited to, those risk and
uncertainties described in the risk factors included in the company’s
regulatory filings. These forward-looking statements are based on
assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of the
company and the environment in which it will operate in the future. Each
forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date of this press
release. Except as required by law, regulatory requirement, the Listing
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