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Michael Howard
Michael Howard

Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks +1 408.583.3351
twitter: @michaelvhoward

Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.

Michael leverages over 40 years of communications industry experience, including 22 years in market research, to author numerous works year-round, including quarterly vendor market share and forecast reports, service provider surveys, Continuous Research Service (CRS) analyst notes, white papers, and custom research. He specializes in mobile backhaul, small cells, carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, software-defined networks (SDNs), OpenFlow, and packet-optical transport.

Michael is a highly-sought speaker, and he frequently moderates webinars, chairs conference programs, and presents at industry events across the globe, including the Mobile Backhaul Conference at CTIA Wireless, 4G World, MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, Ethernet Europe, Carrier Ethernet World Congress (Europe and APAC), Ethernet Technology Summit, Evolving Packet Transport Networks, and SDN & OpenFlow World Congress. He is also regularly quoted in the press, including Information Week, Light Reading, FierceTelecom, Lightwave, OSP Magazine, Telecom Engine, Network World, Telecom Lead, CED Magazine, FierceBroadbandWireless, Carrier Ethernet News, and Laser Focus World.

As a consultant to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Michael helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.

Before founding Infonetics, Michael was an IT Director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he created network accounting and led the First Interstate Bank project that developed the world's first pre-Internet in-home banking system. Prior to that, shortly after receiving a BS in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, he worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.

In 2008, Michael co-authored the book, Carrier Ethernet: Extending Ethernet Beyond the LAN, which received 5 out of 5 stars on An accomplished abalone diver, chef, and photographer, Michael is based out of Infonetics’ corporate headquarters in the Silicon Valley.

Michael Howard authors or co-authors the following services:

Market Size, Market Share, and Forecast Services
  • 1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports
  • Carrier Ethernet Equipment
  • Carrier SDN Hardware and Software
  • Ethernet and IP MPLS VPN Services
  • Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers
  • NFV Hardware and Software
  • Service Provider Routers and Switches
  • Total Enterprise and Carrier Ethernet Switches Pivot
  • Total Enterprise and Service Provider Routers Pivot
  • Total Telecom and Datacom Network Equipment and Software Pivot

Global Service Provider Surveys
  • NFV Strategies
  • Router and Switch Vendor Leadership
  • Routing, NFV, and Packet-Optical Strategies
  • SDN Strategies
  • SDN Vendor Leadership

  • Service Provider Router and Switch
  • Telecommunications Equipment

Continuous Research Services
  • SDN and NFV
  • Service Provider Routing and Switching




























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Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video


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