Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Range Networks Appoints Ed Kozel as CEO -- Open Source Mobile

Range Networks, a start-up developing open source cellular systems, appointed Edward Kozel as its new CEO.

Kozel spent 12 years at Cisco Systems, where he served as chief technology officer, senior vice president of business development and as a board member. Most recently Kozel was chief technology and innovation officer with Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

Range Networks, which was founded by the creators of OpenBTS, uses open source software to present ordinary cellular handsets as SIP endpoints in a VoIP system. All are designed to work as a single-site network or as part of a multi-site network.  The company already has a number or deployments around the world  – including Indonesia, Zambia and Antarctica.

Range Networks also noted that it raised $10 million in funding last year and doubled its employee headcount.  The company is based in San Francisco.

"We believe that in the not-too-distant future mobile networks will look entirely different than they do today. Software-defined mobile infrastructure providing end-to-end IP transport, combined with the power of the open source model, will transform the industry. We look forward to continuing to support these initiatives and demonstrating the strength of open source systems throughout 2014 and beyond," stated Edward Kozel, CEO of Range Networks.