Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & SDN, Heavy Reading
Sterling has more than 20 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage areas at Heavy Reading are optical networking, including packet-optical transport, and Carrier SDN. He authors Heavy Reading's Metro Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Transport Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.