Wireless Industry News

The First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the hiring of its first CTO. Named to the position is Ali Afrashteh, who has been working as a consultant but previously held executive positions with Clearwire, Sprint, Nextel Communications and PCS PrimeCo.

Ali will manage FirstNet's planning and deployment of technology programs and initiatives and provide expertise on strategic wireless technology and network operational planning," according to a FirstNet blog entry. "Ali will also ensure that technical systems, policies, and processes are fully supportive of FirstNet's mission to design and deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network," the blog added.

FierceMobileGovernment noted that the FirstNet organizational structure revealed in March meeting documents shows that there are seven officers who report to the FirstNet general manager. Afrashteh becomes number five on the staff. In addition to remaining vacancies in the COO and chief of staff positions, FirstNet is now missing a general manager to oversee the organization. Read the full article