Comcast exec joins startup

Mobile broadband startup, Stoke, has named Dave Williams as Chief Technology Officer. Williams moves from Comcast where he was Senior Vice President of Wireless Technology. Prior to Comcast he was CTO at O2 Telefonica Europe. Williams’ breadth of experience at previous companies provides an invaluable new resource to Stoke given the nature and pace of change in the mobile broadband industry.

“Dave is joining at an important inflexion point for Stoke,” said Vikash Varma, President and CEO at Stoke. “We are experiencing hyper growth in terms of shipments, revenues, sales engagements and commercial trials. We are very pleased that we have been able to attract an executive of such caliber to move from one of the major telecoms players and we welcome him to our senior team during this exciting time for our company.”

In his new role, Williams will assume responsibility for Stoke’s technology direction and long-term business development strategy as the company continues to expand its engagement with top tier mobile broadband carriers worldwide. Williams will also take a leading role in Stoke’s participation in telecoms and technology standards bodies.

Stoke continues to experience accelerated momentum, entering the second half of the year with a growing customer, partner and distributor base, and new offices in Europe and Asia. The appointment of Williams further expands Stoke’s line-up of sales and technology executives combining a broad set of expertise in the global mobile broadband and telecommunications industry.

Williams said: “The dynamics of the wireless industry are changing rapidly and, as consumers move from voice and SMS to wireless data and ultimately wireless broadband, the explosive growth of mobile data usage is driving operators to seek solutions outside their previous comfort zone of legacy infrastructure players. Large global operators with huge customer bases are selecting best in class Architectures rather than relying on turnkey suppliers, which is how the fixed Internet is architected. As a result, Stoke is emerging as a mainstream contributor to the new mobile broadband environment. Their technology, customer list and future pipeline make Stoke one of the most exciting players in the market and I am delighted to join the company at this stage in its growth.”

Dave Williams was senior vice president of wireless technology at Comcast Corporation, responsible for the evaluation and strategy of wireless technology solutions. He has also served on the boards of the GSM Association, Vantage Point, Bubble Motion, the Femto Forum and the WiMAX Forum.

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