May 4, 2020

EUGENE, OR – Wireless networks are emerging as the key element of the global communications infrastructure. New applications enabled by 5G technology are likely to have a major impact on access and core optical networks as well as datacenters. Adding coverage of the wireless market segment will enable the LightCounting team to provide an in-depth coverage of the whole communications and datacenter infrastructure as it evolves over the next decade.

"It is a milestone for LightCounting to have Stéphane Teral as our Chief Analyst,” said Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO of LightCounting. “Stéphane is one of the best analysts in our industry. His reputation was built on his passionate involvement in the global communications industry over the last 30 years. Stephane is probably the most prolific writer in the global analyst community and one of the most well-informed industry experts in the world. His knowledge of the global wireless market will complement LightCounting’s continued coverage of optical networks and datacenters. The whole LightCounting team is looking forward to working closely with Stephane and delivering the best market research to our clients.”

“I’m incredibly excited to join the LightCounting team,” added Téral. “The balance of LightCounting being large enough to have global research coverage, combined with the agility of a smaller research team allows for opportunities for innovative research. I am pleased to blend this with my personal industry experience and connections.”

LightCounting will host a webinar for clients and guests at 2pm EST on Wednesday May 13thto discuss new reports planned by LightCounting for the rest of this year. This will also be an opportunity to share our latest view of the market as the world is starting to emerge from the pause enforced on the global economy by COVID-19.

About Stéphane Téral
With 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 23 years in Silicon Valley, Mr. Téral is regarded as one of the top analysts in his field, having been the trusted advisor at some of the world's largest telecom providers and manufacturers. He specializes in next-generation mobile infrastructure including 5G, cloud and quantum networking, programmable core networks and service provider digital transformation. He also tracks overall telecom economics and forecasts service provider capex, opex and revenue, as well as outsourced and managed services.

As an advisor to startups, service providers, vendors and the investment community, he helps clients identify new market opportunities, as well as provides due diligence and advises on positioning, product development, business plans and M&A activity. A highly sought thinker and speaker, Mr Téral is quoted in prestigious publications such as The Economist, Le Monde, Barron's, and The Wall Street Journal, and chairs and presents at events worldwide, including Carrier Network Virtualization, 5G World and Self Organizing Networks World and Network Slicing Conference. He has been a frequent expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards, such as the GSMA Mobile World Congress and 5G World.

In 2006, he joined Infonetics Research, now IHS Markit. Previously, he was with analyst firm RHK, where he developed their European optical coverage and helped carriers migrate from PSTN to next-generation networks. Prior to RHK, he was an engineer and project manager with Alcatel, where he deployed the CATV optical networks that allowed the 1992 Olympics and the grand opening of Euro Disney to be televised using fiber optics for the first time. Stéphane Téral was a McGowan Scholar at the McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco, United States, where he received his MBA, and has an engineering degree in telecommunications from Télécom SudParis (formally the Institut National des Télécommunications), France.

About LightCounting Market Research
LightCounting – The name alone is what sets us apart and what defines us as a company. Sixteen years ago, LightCounting began with an analyst team focused on research of high speed interconnects for the datacom, telecom, and consumer communications markets. From that time our research team has grown to cover the whole supply chain from optical and semiconductor components, to modules and sub-systems. We have been defining and refining the market intelligence mix ever since, to offer our clients a unique perspective on the industry landscape ahead and a clear roadmap to navigate it with.

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