Mike Wright

Group Managing Director, Networks
Mike Wright is Group Managing Director of Networks in Telstra Operations. Mike currently leads the engineering and internal construction capabilities for all of Telstra’s fixed, wireless and media networks. He has over 30 years experience in telecommunications commencing his career designing and building telecommunications networks including early work on digital switching, paging, optical fibre and transmission networks. Since then he has made significant contributions to the establishment and evolution of Telstra’s mobile networks through Analogue, GSM, CDMA, WCDMA to the completion of Telstra’s world class, nationwide LTE/HSPA enabled mobile network. Mike has been highly engaged in the wireless technology evolution including a series of world leading developments such as 200Km cell range, HSPA evolution, the world’s largest HD Voice footprint and Australia’s first Cat 4 and LTE-A capabilities. He has extensive international experience in developing wireless ecosystems including the establishment and promotion of user/focus groups to grow the 850 MHz HSPA and 1800 MHz LTE ecosystems. Mike’s network team is also driving the evolution and development of wireline network capabilities including low cost ADSL expansion techniques, DOCSIS 3 upgrades, 1 Tbps Optical transport trials, world first Application Aware Networking capabilities and evolution to new ASP network architectures. Mike is regular presenter and influencer at international forums and has regularly presented and/or judged at Mobile World Congress, Broadband World Forum, 4G World, GSM Latin America and LTE Asia.

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