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CableLabs names wireless specialist as chief research and development officer

Cable technology organisation CableLabs has named Mariam Sorond as senior vice-president and chief research and development officer.

Mariam Sorond

Sorond, who will report to president and CEO Phil McKinney, will lead R&D at the outfit, directing the execution and adoption of new technologies for CableLabs’ members and the industry.

She will work closely with McKinney on technical thought leadership, vision and strategy for the future of connectivity.

Sorond comes to CableLabs from DISH Network, where she served as the chief wireless architect and VP of technology development. She led the R&D effort for an innovative 5G network and created the network architecture, as well as spectrum technology, technology policy, standards development and the negotiation of technical agreements across government agencies and industry partnerships.

Prior to joining DISH, she worked for several operators, including Nextel, ICO and PrimeCo, and vendors such as Lucent Technologies – now Nokia. She has served as a member of the NTIA’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee since 2014.

CableLabs said that as mobile network operators now make up approximately half of CableLabs’ members, including some of the largest wireless operators in the world, Sorond’s expertise across wireless technologies for mobile, fixed and satellite networks across both domestic and international networks will help CableLabs in the future.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mariam to CableLabs, bringing her depth of experience and expertise to our members and the industry. As we advance toward a digital future encompassing even greater wireless capabilities, it is crucial for both CableLabs and the broadband industry at large to be led by innovative executives with extensive knowledge in wireless technologies and technology policy,” said McKinney.

“I am excited to be joining the innovative and talented team at CableLabs. CableLabs invents the future through technologies that connect our society with better communication and quality, offering a unique environment for the insatiably curious. I look forward to working with this transformational and passionate team to deliver solutions that break barriers and are implemented around the globe,” said Sorond.