Networking & Mobility Practice

Kate Price, Practice Manager



Coverage and Focus Areas
Telecom vendors, telecom operators, cable operators, webscale, operator spending, connected devices, internet, video, networks, network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), 5G, digital transformation, carrier cloud, Internet of Things (IoT)

Role and Responsibilities
Kate Price manages TBR’s Telecom Practice, where she sets strategic and research direction for the practice and oversees syndicated research and custom projects.

Since joining TBR in 2005, Kate has contributed to syndicated operator coverage and led numerous custom engagements. Kate has expertise in identifying emerging industry trends, such as NFV/SDN, 5G and changing industry business models. Kate has received attribution in technology industry and business publications including Computerworld, RCR Wireless, FierceWireless, Light Reading and Unstrung.

Experience and Background
Prior to joining TBR, Kate held marketing positions in the healthcare and advertising fields. She contributed to marketing campaign development, event organization and division performance reporting for Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center. She also performed research to support advertising campaigns for Harbour Light Strategic Marketing.

Kate received an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics, where she also received a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Stanley Stevens, Practice Manager & Principal Analyst



Coverage and Focus Areas
Data center infrastructure transformation technologies, including servers (x86, ARM, Power, IBM Z), storage (file, block, object, flash), software-defined infrastructure (SDS, SDN, SDDC), cloud computing, hypervisors, containers, hyperconverged and converged infrastructure, hyperscale, enterprise security

Role and Responsibilities
Stanley Stevens is a senior analyst and practice lead for TBR’s Data Center Practice, with a concentration on traditional and emerging infrastructure technologies. Stan is responsible for leading a team of analysts on the creation and ongoing production of TBR’s syndicated technology and vendor reports. In addition, he is TBR’s resident expert on data center technologies, representing TBR at industry and vendor conferences and events as well as in thought leadership. Stan and his team also support TBR’s Tailored Services Practice, which produces custom research studies and reports for TBR clients.

Experience and Background
Prior to joining TBR, Stanley spent 25 years in a variety of marketing positions at technology companies including Dell, 3Com, Marconi and Cabletron, focusing on network switching, servers, storage, management, virtualization, cloud computing, data protection disaster recovery, and big data and analysis.

Stanley holds an A.S. in business management from Housatonic Community College.

Christopher Antlitz, Senior Analyst



Coverage and Focus Areas
Telecom vendors, telecom operators, cable operators, webscale, ICT infrastructure, telecom infrastructure services, network applications, converged media platforms, network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), carrier cloud, digital transformation, 5G, connected devices, Internet of Things (IoT), operator capex and opex, telecom industry economics and business models

Role and Responsibilities
Chris Antlitz is a senior analyst in TBR’s Telecom Practice. Chris oversees and contributes to the Telecom Practice’s syndicated research portfolio and custom project work. He leverages over 10 years of analytical experience to lead the Telecom Practice’s research agenda as well as provide critical insight and analysis to syndicated and project work.

Chris covers the global telecom vendor and operator ecosystem and all major trends in the space, including but not limited to developments in NFV, SDN, carrier cloud, digital transformation, IoT and 5G. Chris also covers the webscale market, particularly the pursuits of the “Super 7” webscale companies (i.e., Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent) in the digital space.

Chris focuses on the supply and demand of ICT hardware, software and services as well as spending trends, demand shifts and relationships in the vendor-operator ecosystem. He plays an integral role in the creation of TBR’s telecom-related benchmarks and presents benchmark analysis and special-topic thought leadership reports in quarterly webinars. Chris has been quoted by major news sites such as The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, TheStreet, eWEEK, FierceWireless, Network World, Telco Transformation and Computerworld.

Experience and Background
Prior to joining TBR, Chris gained experience in equity analysis from his four-year involvement in the Atkins Investment Group while at the University of New Hampshire.

Chris holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics from the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Michael Soper, Senior Analyst



Coverage and Focus Areas
Telecom vendors, telecom operators, webscale, ICT infrastructure, telecom infrastructure services (TIS), fixed access, wireless access, digital transformation, 5G, network applications, telco cloud, network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), telecom industry economics and business models

Role and Responsibilities
Michael Soper is a senior analyst in TBR’s Telecom Practice and specializes in telecom vendor research. Michael leads TBR’s syndicated coverage of telecom vendors, including Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper Networks and Nokia. Michael contributes to TBR’s quarterly Telecom Vendor Benchmark and TBR’s TIS, webscale, 5G and NFV/SDN research portfolios. He also develops and executes custom engagements in the telecom vendor and operator markets.

Michael has been quoted by major news sites such as The New York Times’ Bits, eWEEK, FierceWireless, Light Reading and TMCnet.

Experience and Background
An analyst with TBR since 2010, Michael leverages his critical insights and analysis to uncover and examine market trends and events within his coverage areas.

Michael holds a B.S. in corporate finance and accounting with a minor in law from Bentley University.

Stephanie Long, Analyst



Coverage and Focus Areas
Data center infrastructure, including server and storage evolution and adoption; specifically focusing on x86, Power and ARM architectures and markets, SAN, NAS, DAS, hyperconverged and converged, hyperscale, quantum computing, software-defined infrastructure, security, threat protection, mobile security and managed security services

Role and Responsibilities
Stephanie Long is an analyst in TBR’s Data Center and Security Practice, with a concentration on the server market, including: hyperscale, hyperconverged, industry-standard servers, proprietary servers, mainframes, server virtualization, quantum computing and cloud components. Stephanie contributes to TBR’s quarterly syndicated reports, researching vendors including Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, NetApp, Huawei and Symantec across the spectrum of data center and security technologies. Stephanie also assesses and analyzes vendors’ financial and market strategies for TBR’s data center- and security-related benchmarks, market forecasts and market landscapes.

Experience and Background
Prior to joining TBR, Stephanie spent five years in the public education sector. In that role, she developed curriculum utilizing her research, presentation and analysis skills and instructed students of all ages, including in economics for adult education.

Stephanie holds an M.Ed. in secondary education and a B.A. in history from the University of New Hampshire.

Steve Vachon, Analyst



Coverage and Focus Areas
Telecom operators, cable operators, service provider economics and business models, smartphones, machine to machine (M2M), ICT infrastructure, video, carrier cloud, unified communications, Internet of Things (IoT), connected devices, smart cities, connected home, fiber, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), LTE, 5G, converged media platforms, operator capex and opex, digital transformation

Role and Responsibilities
Steve Vachon is an analyst in TBR’s Telecom Practice, providing syndicated coverage of telecom operators and cable companies including AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Steve also covers enterprise service providers such as BT Global Services, Deutsche Telekom, CenturyLink, Orange Business Services, Telefonica and Vodafone Global Enterprise. He also authors TBR’s U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark and Carrier Cloud Benchmark and collaborates with analysts on custom research projects. Steve has been quoted by major news sites such as eWEEK, Computerworld, FierceTelecom, Wireless Week and SDxCentral.

Experience and Background
Prior to his current role, Steve joined TBR in 2012 as an intern before becoming a research analyst. In previous roles, Steve assisted TBR analysts with research and analysis, and provided syndicated coverage for companies within the telecom, computing and cloud industries. Steve holds an M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire.

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