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Bruno Cornaglia

Fixed Access Manager at Vodafone


Bruno Cornaglia received the Degree in Electronic Engineering at “Politecnico di Torino” in 1990. He enjoyed CSELT (now TILAB), the research centre of Telecom Italia Group, in 1990. He was initially involved in millimetric radio relay links, both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint, and then in the introduction of Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH). In 1994 he became Project Head of “Fixed Wireless Access” for studying and trialing new opportunities of using PMP networks for delivering basic services and new multimedia services. In 1998 he spent 3 months in Telecom Argentina as consultant. In 1999 he enjoyed OMNITEL Pronto Italia SpA, now VODAFONE OMNITEL NV, a private cellular operator, where he became responsible of “Point-MultiPoint Project” in 2000. The goal was to implement an owned network to backhaul mobile sites in major urban areas where capacity requested is higher including the fiber backhaul network. He developed the business case, the strategy for participating to the PMP spectrum bid and the rollout plan. In three years almost 1200 sites, representing the 15% of the total and 80% of the covered cities, were connected via PMP network. In the meantime he also became the coordinator for BWA technologies in the Vodafone Group. In June 2005 he became responsible of New Product Development for Access Transmission under the Global Network organization of Vodafone Group. The main goals were to develop the right technology access transmission strategy and to drive the vendors to implement the right access transmission strategy. The main goal was the push towards main Microwave supplier the development of packet based Microwave systems, including adaptive modulation and putting Vodafone as first operator testing and implementing such a technology. In August 2006 he became responsible of “Mobile+” Team in the Global Network. The main responsibility is to develop a common strategy in the fixed broadband area for delivering fixed and fixed mobile convergence services and to drive the operational companies to implement it. In February 2010 he becomes responsible of Access Product Unit in Vodafone Technology Network. The team manage the products for the entire group for both mobile backhauling and for fixed broadband networks (DSL, fiber). In 2012 he became the Fixed Access Senior Manager for the entire Vodafone Group managing all access technologies (copper, fiber and now also coax) by driving innovation and access network evolution for all the operators of the group. Main goals are the launch of NG-PON2 trial and deployment in Spain during 2015 as first operator worldwide and the FANS (Fixed Access Network sharing) at Broadband Forum. He is also supporting each country to develop a Next Generation Access by analyzing different technologies and opportunities. He is author or co-author of more than 20 papers.