CHELMSFORD, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/14 -- Airvana, a leading provider of small cell solutions for mobile network operators, today announced the appointment of Richard Lowe as CEO and president, effective immediately. Mr. Lowe has over 30 years' experience leading mobile communications business organizations for growth and profitability.
Richard most recently served as chairman of the board at iPhotonix, a pioneer in carrier class optical network access devices. Prior to that he was President of Wireless Networks at Nortel Networks, a business that he transitioned into Ericsson following Ericsson's acquisition from Nortel in 2009. At Nortel he also held a number of senior positions across general management, R&D and global operations. Richard holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, both from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.
"I first came to know Airvana more than a decade ago as one of its major customers. From that time to the present, the company has exerted an outside influence on the wireless industry through its technical innovation, market vision and business execution," said Lowe. "The company has developed an enviable position in small cells and has an exciting LTE small cell development pipeline that I look forward to taking to market."
Airvana small cells deliver high quality mobile voice and data service to residential and enterprise users. The company has shipped over a million small cells and helps manage one of the largest single small cell networks in operation today.
Airvana's current CEO and Chairman Randy Battat will remain on as chairman of the board. "Richard possesses a rare combination of business management, technical depth and industry respect," said Battat. "He is the ideal person to take Airvana to its next level."
Airvana enables mobile operators to deliver dramatically better service to subscribers in the most challenging and high-value environments: offices, public spaces, and in the home. The company's innovative small cells ensure "five bar" voice coverage and superior data performance. Airvana has shipped over one million devices including one of the largest small cell networks in the world today. Airvana is a founding member of the Small Cell Forum and has 14 years of experience providing commercial wireless equipment to over 90 operators globally. For more information visit www.airvana.com.