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Robert Balsamo

Vice President Advanced Architecture Standards at Calix


As VP, Advanced Architecture and Standards, Robert is responsible for Calix thought leadership both within its customer base and externally through standards and the communications service provider ecosystem. His organization is comprised of three components: Architecture, Technology and Standards/Forums. The architecture and technology arm is responsible for deep expertise and application for the access market space and includes, fiber and optics, Cable/MSO, wireless (5G), WiFi and  SDN/NFV virtualization. The standards arm includes FSAN, BBF, ITU and MEF. He presently sits on the BBF Executive Council. His previous role was VP of Product Strategy, leading the systems engineering and architecture team and product line leadership. That responsibly included defining the overall product strategy and specifying the associated system/product architectures as well as the detailed engineering requirements for Calix’s product solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in data communication and telecommunications, in which the majority has been in senior level and executive level positions with AT&T Paradyne, Paradyne and Tellabs. Roles within those companies included VP of Product Management, Marketing and Business Development and VP of Global Carrier Markets.

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