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Sterling Perrin
Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport at Heavy Reading

Profile

Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. His reports for Heavy Reading include: 

  • Charting the Path to Network Automation & Disaggregation: Carrier SDN Survey Analysis (February 2018)
  • Telecom Automation: Heavy Reading Perspectives (October 2017)
  • Metro Data Center Interconnect Forecast & Analysis (August 2017)
  • Heavy Reading 2015 Carrier Ethernet Survey (October 2015)

Sterling also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker.

Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press. His opinions have appeared in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Lightwave, Telephony, CNET News, Information Week and CIO Magazine, among many others.

Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis.

Sterling graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.