Analyst Profile
Akshay K. Sharma
Akshay K. Sharma
Research Director
Weston, FL USA
Print This Page
Years of Experience
8 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Networking & Communications Equipment

View Latest Research
Resources
Create Analyst Alert
Contact Gartner
Roles and Responsibilities
Akshay Sharma is a Research Director in the Carrier Network Infrastructure group of Gartner Research, leading the Research Agenda for Converged Infrastructure Worldwide. Current research interests include mobile infrastructure (radio and core), mobile broadband, cloud-based Telco 2.0 initiatives, SDN and NFV, CDN, Wi-Fi over TV white spaces, small cells, VoIP, IMS, FMC, and trends in core network distributed softswitch architectures.
Previous Experience
Mr. Sharma joined Gartner from Calypso Wireless, where he held the position of CTO and spearheaded the implementation of Calypso's patented technology on a Wi-Fi/cellular VoIP smartphone for fixed mobile convergence (seamless voice, video, data session continuity) applications. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, where he has held multiple leading vendor and carrier positions in R&D, product management, application development and business development, always focusing on next-generation technologies, signaling and applications. At Siemens Mobile, now Nokia Solutions and Networks, Mr. Sharma was instrumental in Siemens' putting together the 3G Core solution with Cingular, now AT&T, and was awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award for work on Alcatel's Spatial Softswitch and Tekelec's Media Gateway. He helped win the AT&T GGSN switch deal with Cisco, as the Siemens chief architect for the Core UMTS 3G project and UMTS Core rollout. He also was the chief architect who defined the mobile enterprise solutions converging the Siemens IMS platform with the Siemens Openscape Enterprise platform. Mr. Sharma was a manager of Networks Engineering - Bell Canada, worked for SDS-WindRiver (now Intel), and also worked for Telelogic (now IBM), in addition to Nortel and various startups.
Professional Background
Calypso Wireless, CTO, 1 year
Siemens Mobile, Senior Manager - Chief Architect Core Switching, 1 year
Education
B.E., Computer and Systems Engineering




LATEST RESEARCH 0 More by this author
Title

Publish Date

Author(s)

Introducing the Gartner Wireless CSP Maturity Model 20-Aug-2014 Sylvain Fabre, Neil Osmond, Charlotte Patrick, Deborah Kish, Kamlesh Bhatia, Akshay K. Sharma, Toni Nygren
Technology Overview: LTE-U and Other Approaches to 5G Wireless Communications 18-Aug-2014 Akshay K. Sharma, Deborah Kish, Kosei Takiishi
Forecast Overview: Communications Service Provider Operational Technology, Worldwide, 2014 25-Jul-2014 Deborah Kish, Ian Keene, Akshay K. Sharma, Neil Osmond, Kosei Takiishi, Jouni Forsman, Kamlesh Bhatia, Martina Kurth, Norbert J. Scholz, Mentor Cana, Kathie M Hackler
Forecast Analysis: Communications Service Provider Operational Technology, Worldwide, 2Q14 Update 15-Jul-2014 Deborah Kish, Martina Kurth, Kamlesh Bhatia, Mentor Cana, Sylvain Fabre, Jouni Forsman, Ian Keene, Neil Osmond, Norbert J. Scholz, Akshay K. Sharma, Kosei Takiishi
Forecast: Communications Service Provider Operational Technology, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 2Q14 Update 14-Jul-2014 Martina Kurth, Deborah Kish, Mentor Cana, Ian Keene, Sylvain Fabre, Akshay K. Sharma, Norbert J. Scholz, Jouni Forsman, Kamlesh Bhatia, Neil Osmond, Kosei Takiishi, Kathie M Hackler