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Ian Redpath Principal Analyst at Ovum


Ian is a Principal Analyst with Ovum’s Intelligent Networks practice. He leads and supports Ovum’s syndicated research and publications on optical networks, optical components and Enterprise Ethernet services. He is currently leading new research on the rapidly growing Data Center interconnect market. Recent publication highlights include:

  •  100G Transceiver Opportunities in Intra–Data Center
  • Interconnect Optical Networks forecast: 2014-2020
  • Flex spectrum market status survey
  • 200G will quickly be a material market, but path to 10x spectral efficiency remains unclear
  • Data Center Interconnect: New Revenue Opportunities

He is a regular speaker, panelist and moderator at industry, service provider and system vendor events. He also contributes to setting the agenda for many industry events, including the OFC’s Market Watch, MEF’s GEN2014-16 Event series and the IIR’s WDM and Next Generation Optical Networking conference series.

He also conducts custom research and consulting for clients.  His clients include communications service providers, rights-of-way owners, system vendors, components vendors and the financial/legal communities. His recent custom efforts have included evaluating service provider market entry strategies; sizing dark fiber markets; competitive analysis of a regional data center market; assessing vertical market opportunities and sizing the data center interconnect market.

Prior to his work in the analyst community, Ian started with system vendors: Nortel, Bell-Northern Research and Maryland-based optical start-up Corvis. Ian received his MBA from Queen's University at Kingston, Canada and his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.