Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Lightwave have named André Kriger the recipient of the 10th Annual FTTXcellence Award. The award was presented today at the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo in Tampa, Fla.
Kriger is the FTTH director at Vivo, Telefonica Group’s local brand in Brazil. He is responsible for Vivo’s fiber-to-the-home network in the São Paulo state concession area. He is committed to the belief that the future of Brazil will depend on increased broadband usage and its many applications in education, e-commerce, etc. His perseverance and project management expertise have helped Vivo accelerate its goals for deployment and customer attraction and satisfaction.
Launched in 2003 as a result of joining several mobile operators, Vivo is the leading brand in Brazilian telecommunications. In 2011, Telefonica fixed operations and Vivo merged into a combined entity, becoming the largest telecom operator in Brazil. Vivo’s services range from fixed, broadband, mobile voice, and data.
“I am very happy and honored to receive this award for my contribution to the Telefonica/Vivo FTTH rollout,” Kriger said. “We have been expanding our reach and getting incredible traction in the market, and this critical effort is revolutionizing the telecom landscape within Brazil. I also would like to share this award with my team who is supporting Telefonica/Vivo in this rollout.”
“Ten years ago, we recognized the individual who was instrumental in one of the largest FTTH builds in North America, and today we are recognizing André for his contribution to one of the largest and most influential deployments in Latin America,” said Kim Hartwell, senior vice president and chief commercial officer, Corning Telecommunications. “Today’s international interest in Brazil makes this initiative that much more significant. On behalf of everyone at Corning, I congratulate André on this honor.”
“The Vivo FTTH deployment is emblematic of the growing use of optical access networks throughout Latin America,” added Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave. “Carriers throughout the Americas are realizing that FTTH provides the most future-proof method of meeting their customers’ demands for bandwidth today and for years to come.”
To be eligible for the award, candidates must be nominated by a peer. Nominees may include individuals at carriers and system operators, home developers, utilities, municipalities or other organizations that have launched an FTTX project; individuals at vendors or research organizations whose work has benefited FTTX technology development; public officials or others who have made a significant positive impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals. This year’s panel of judges included representatives from Corning, Lightwave and the FTTH Council Americas.
In addition to the awards ceremony at the FTTH Conference, Kriger was honored with a donation in his name to US Ignite, a non-profit, public-private partnership whose mission is to make the U.S. the world leader in applications and services for ultra-fast, software-defined networks. He also received a decorative glass piece from the Corning Museum of Glass, and will be profiled in an upcoming issue of Lightwave magazine.
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