Sustaining Mobile Network Quality in the Data Explosion
Location:Hesburgh Center for International Studies Conference Auditorium
This talk will overview Sprint’s strategy to address the exploding growth in customer demand for mobile data. This strategy addresses the unique spectrum position that Sprint holds and how it applies to serve the multiple brands and customer segments that Sprint serves. The discussion will also touch upon Sprint’s involvement in government policy initiatives. In March of 2012 Azzi was one of fourteen industry executives appointed to the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability, which is charged with developing minimum technical requirements to ensure a nationwide level of interoperability for the nationwide public safety broadband network. He also serves on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), which provides recommendations to the FCC to ensure optimal security and reliability of communications systems, including telecommunications, media and public safety.
Sprint Network - Senior Vice President
Bob Azzi is Senior Vice President of Sprint’s Network. Bob leads a team of approximately twenty five hundred employees composed of executives, managers, and engineers nationwide and internationally who provide network development and deployment, access management and service assurance for Sprint consumer and business customers. He directs the ownership and operations of the CDMA, iDEN and global IP networks operated by Sprint. Azzi is the Sprint executive officer in charge of the organization that ensures the success of the partnership between the Ericsson Corporation and the Sprint Nextel Corporation. During Mr. Azzi’s 20 plus years of tenure at Sprint, he has held senior leadership positions in network engineering, software development, network planning, network operations and customer service in Minneapolis, Virginia and Kansas City. His industry expertise was honed from work in local, long-distance, international and wireless telecommunications networks. Prior to joining Sprint he held various management positions in operations, engineering, and access verification with AT&T Long Lines in Chicago and New Jersey during an eight-year career with AT&T. Azzi holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his family reside in Olathe, Kansas.