Shamim Akhtar, senior director/Network Architecture & Technology at Comcast, is responsible for driving the network technology platform and architecture roadmap for the operator’s truly converged national IP backbone, metro, edge and access network. His technology and operations leadership, both inside and outside Comcast, has brought tremendous momentum in the area of vendor-agnostic network scaling to support triple-play residential, MEF-based business services and mobile backhaul services over one converged IP/optical network. He has been a key contributor to the recently founded “100G and beyond” user group in North America along with being a founding member of DOCSIS provisioning of EPON/10G EPON for business-services scalability.

In addition, Akhtar has been involved in critical technology acquisition-and-investment decisions in the IP/optical industry with the help of his experience and insight on the length and breadth of network technologies and their operational models. He is an IIT Kharagpur graduate with working knowledge of MSO/Carrier networking in North America, Europe and APAC through his prior experience with Philips, VPISystems and IPI/Ciena.

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