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Scott Wilkinson has worked directly in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, during which he accumulated extensive experience in fiber to the home, long haul optical hardware, carrier ethernet, MPLS, and SDN/NFV-enabled networks. As Lead Analyst at Cignal AI, he conducts quantitative and qualitative research on the optical hardware market with a focus on carriers and equipment manufacturers. Scott held senior positions in product management and systems engineering for Hitachi and was a marketing director at ECI Telecom, where he championed the company’s optical transport and packet switching solutions and oversaw its North American business development. A noted speaker at telecom conferences and events such as NGON, OFC, and FTTH, Wilkinson is also a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Fibre Systems, Lightwave, Broadband Properties, and OSP. Wilkinson, who resides in Georgia, earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott enjoys participating in community theatre and performs regularly in his hometown near Atlanta.