Analyst Profile

Akshay K. Sharma

Akshay K. Sharma

Research Director

10 years at Gartner ,  26 years industry experience
Weston, FL USA

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. His current research interests include mobile infrastructure (radio and core), mobile broadband, cloud-based Telco 2.0 initiatives, SDN and NFV, CDN, Wi-Fi, LTE-U, 5G, TV white spaces, small cells, VoIP, IMS, FMC, and trends in core network distributed softswitch architectures.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment


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


B.E., Computer and Systems Engineering