Rick Talbot, principal analyst for the transport practice, brings to the POT and DCI practice a combination of expertise in network access, transport (particularly optical networking) and switching technologies, including Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and a deep understanding of the telecommunications industry competitive landscape, business (and regulatory) issues and economic trends. He gained this broad experience in over 40 years of technical marketing and sales engineering roles at network systems vendors as well as network architecture design roles at service providers.
Over the past decade, Rick has been Principal Analyst of Transport and Routing Infrastructure at Current Analysis, where he defined packet-optical networking platform categories and published qualitative comparisons of leading platforms as they evolved. He was also Director of Network Strategy at ZTE USA, where he served as SDN, IoT, and Fronthaul/Midhaul/Backhaul subject matter expert for the sales team. As Product Marketing Manager at NEC Corporation of America, Rick created and managed an alternative marketing method to penetrate a new industry segment (the MSOs) for the company. Previous to NEC, Rick held product marketing, product management and strategic planning positions at PacketLight Networks, Ciena Corporation and Alcatel Network Systems. He held engineering, network planning and engineering positions at Broadwing Communications, WilTel, National Datacom and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He was also a policy analyst for the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Rick holds an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Engineering science degree from Trinity University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.