Monday, January 18, 2010

Industry veteran Perry LaForge joins AirHop as senior advisor

SAN DIEGO, USA: AirHop Communications, the developer of eSON wireless infrastructure software solutions critical to the next wave of the Mobile Internet, announced that Perry LaForge has joined the company’s advisory board.

A wireless industry veteran, Perry is founder and executive director of the CDMA Development Group, a trade association comprised of more than 100 of the world's leading wireless operators and manufacturers. With nearly 30 years in high-tech, he is known for growing a number of successful companies and building global business partnerships throughout the wireless ecosystem.

“AirHop is solving a critical problem in the growth of 3G and next generation LTE/WiMAX networks,” said Perry LaForge. “Operators will require AirHop’s solutions when deploying LTE networks with smaller overlapping cells. But this is not just for 4G; operators can also use this architecture for handling the critical requirements they are seeing within their 3G data networks. AirHop’s eSON software is highly innovative and is rapidly gaining support among operators and infrastructure vendors worldwide.”

AirHop’s patent-pending eSON technology was designed specifically to address the problems of multi-layer small cell deployments in both 3G and 4G networks. It includes comprehensive, distributed, real-time inter-cell coordination capabilities that allow neighboring base stations to communicate with each other to dynamically manage inter-cell interference, optimize frequency reuse, data throughput and QoS during the operation phase.

AirHop’s eSON software is platform-independent and runs on top of standard 3G/4G protocol stacks. It can easily be integrated with HSPA, LTE eNodeB or WiMAX base stations for macrocells, microcells, picocells and femtocells from multiple vendors.

“Perry has been involved in the worldwide commercialization of CDMA since the first proof of concept trials in 1988 and he is now working with operators in the transition to LTE,” said Yan Hui, Founder and CEO of AirHop Communications. “He has an unparalleled track record for identifying critical industry needs on a global basis and spotting winning technology. We are excited to have him join us as we continue to introduce eSON to the global marketplace.”

Perry was the founder of inOvate Communications Group, a venture firm that creates and capitalizes promising telecommunications companies. He was also the founder of inCode Telecom Group (sold to Verisign), and co-founder of Kodiak Networks, an innovative voice platform for GSM and CDMA operators.

He was a seed investor in Danger (sold to Microsoft), FiberTower (sold to First Avenue Networks), WiChorus (sold to Tellabs), Signalsoft (sold to Openwave) and other industry-leading companies. He is retired from the management consulting firm of Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath, where he was founder and Managing Partner of the company’s Telecom Practice.

Perry graduated from the University of Santa Clara in Engineering and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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