“Telcos and cable operators are adopting FTTx PON for mobile backhaul traffic with the movement to 4G LTE. FTTx PON is becoming the glue for wireline–wireless convergence, enabling service providers to use the same access network for residential, business, and wholesale services.”
Julie Kunstler has over 25 years’ experience in the communications components, equipment, and software industry. She is responsible for Ovum’s coverage of the wireline broadband access component and equipment markets. Julie’s focus is FTTx PON, including optical components and equipment, and closely follows technology developments and their subsequent impact on the PON ecosystem. Julie monitors challenges in FTTx network deployments and management along with evolving solutions. She is paying close attention to PON’s new role in supporting mobile backhaul traffic for small cell deployments.
In addition to wireline broadband access, Julie is expanding her research to include the components supporting M2M and the IoT.
Julie has worked as an executive, investor, and board member for communications companies. Having served in these numerous roles, Julie understands what it takes for new access communications technologies to be deployed in large numbers, across multiple geographies. She understands the ecosystem, ranging from components and equipment to software and services. Julie is a regular participant at industry events around the globe.
Prior to joining Ovum, Julie served as VP business development for Teknovus, focusing on FTTX deployments in Asia-Pacific, OEM agreements with major equipment vendors, corporate strategy, analyst relationships, business planning, and fundraising. Before Teknovus, Julie served as co-founder and general partner for Portview Communications Partners, a VC fund focusing on investments in early-stage communications technology companies. Julie received her MBA from the University of Chicago.