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Mr. Howard is recognized worldwide as one of the industry's leading experts in emerging telecom markets, network operator trends and user buying patterns. He specializes in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, packet optical transport, mobile backhaul, and small cells. He has more than 45 years of communications industry experience, including 25 years in market research. Mr. Howard is a highly-sought speaker and he frequently moderates webinars, chairs conference programs and presents at industry events across the globe. He is also regularly quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, Forbes, Light Reading, FierceTelecom, Lightwave, Network World, Carrier Ethernet News, Telecom Engine, and Telecom Lead. He joined the company in 2014, during acquisition of Infonetics Research, a premier global communications technology market research firm, which he cofounded in 1990. Previously, Mr. Howard served as an IT director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he led the first interstate bank project that generated the world's first pre-internet, in-home banking system. Prior to that, he worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet that later became the internet. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, United States.