Communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications said it has appointed Steve Pusey as chairman of its board of directors. The company said Pusey has more than three decades of experience working with, and leading, technology businesses in various parts of the world.
Pusey previously served as the group chief technology officer of Vodafone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company at the time, a role he held until 2015, according to BAI Communications. In this leadership position, the company said, he played a pivotal role in defining and leading Vodafone Group’s technology strategy for networks and IT operations globally, taking Vodafone to a leading role in the network space across its active markets.
As a board member and adviser, Pusey has worked with some of the world’s biggest and most innovative technology businesses including Arm, Centrica, FireEye and GlobalLogic, BAI Communications said. In these roles, the company said, he has helped lead organizational transformation, define strategies that unlock and amplify significant commercial growth and provided leadership and counsel on global expansion programs.
At BAI Communications, Pusey will provide strategic leadership and advice for the business, including support and counsel to the BAI leadership team, the company said.
“Steve Pusey is one of the most accomplished people in our industry,” said BAI Group CEO, Igor Leprince. “Throughout his time at Vodafone, his leadership, relationships, and deep capability in growing technology businesses delivered phenomenal performance and results for the business. We are extremely proud and fortunate to have him join our board of directors as chair, particularly at such an exciting time for the BAI business as we continue to build growth momentum. His knowledge, experience and support for the business, and our leadership team, will be invaluable as we continue to work to enhance our value proposition to our customers especially the mobile network operators.”
Pusey said that BAI is on the cusp of huge expansion as the connected infrastructure and smart city agenda continue to draw the attention and prioritization of cities and businesses around the world.
CPP Investments’ senior managing director, Europe regional head and head of direct private equity as well as non-executive director on the BAI board of directors, Max Biagosch, said that Pusey’s track record and extensive industry experience would provide strategic leadership to the BAI team.
Pusey will begin his role as BAI Communications chairman at the end of March, taking over from Bart Vogel, a non-executive director who has been acting as the interim chairman since late January 2022.
Fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications neutral-host network provider Mobilitie said that it has hired Jerry Gallegos to oversee its enterprise connectivity business that provides 5G and private network solutions to large U.S. enterprises, property owners and operators. Gallegos has become the company’s senior vice president of wireless solutions, Mobilitie said. Mobilitie provides wireless technology solutions to enterprises in the sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, higher education, healthcare, government and transportation industries, the company said.
According to Mobilitie, Gallegos has more than 20 years of business and operations leadership experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry.
“Most enterprises are only starting to tap into the potential of 5G and seamless wireless connectivity,” Gallegos said. He said that Mobilitie plays a key role in creating a dynamic mobile experience for venues around the world.
Mobilitie CEO Christos Karmis said that Gallegos’ experience and leadership would help the company to deliver solutions to enterprise clients. “There has never been a more exciting and growth-oriented time in the wireless industry than today, particularly driven from the rollout of 5G as well as private networks and the migration to the edge,” Karmis said.
BAI Communications, a telecommunications infrastructure company, owns the Newport Beach, California- based Mobilitie.
Communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications has readied the next phase in its international growth strategy with its expansion into Italy in collaboration with local industry executives, to bring neutral-host connected infrastructure to Italy, the company said. It said that the formation of BAI Italia marks the company’s first European operation outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and further strengthens its capabilities as a provider of 5G wireless communications and shared infrastructure in the region.
“BAI has enlisted industry veteran Luca Luciani alongside a group of powerhouse executives with proven industry success, to spearhead its market entry,” a statement from BAI Communications reads. “The BAI Italia executive team have long-shared BAI’s vision and have already made significant preparations to launch a neutral-host proposition in the country. As CEO of BAI Italia, Luca Luciani brings over 20 years of business experience across telecommunications, energy, consumer goods and management consulting. He has held several senior executive responsibilities at Telecom Italia and is former CEO of Tim Brazil. Other senior executives joining BAI Italia include Antonino Ruggiero, Riccardo Jelmini, Riccardo D’Angelo and Enrico Lanzavecchia.”
BAI Italia will focus on delivering the low latency and unlimited capacity neutral-host networks needed to ensure Italians can stay connected in dense urban environments, according to BAI Communications. The company said the BAI Italia executive team would use capability from the wider group to design, build, manage and fund the connectivity infrastructure needed to accelerate digital innovation. It said t would build on existing relationships with mobile network operators, enterprises and municipalities to develop the platform essential for a digital economy in Italy.
Steps that BAI Communications said BAI Italia would take include deploying solutions that include 5G small cells to densify networks in urban environments, private networks for enterprises in healthcare, education and manufacturing, alongside DAS networks for large public venues and stadiums. BAI Communications said those facilities would resemble those the business has already deployed in more than 220 marquee venues in the United States through Mobilitie and multiple venues in Europe through Vilicom.
Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications, said, “BAI’s expansion into Italy represents another important milestone in our growth strategy to become a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure in Europe and globally. As one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, Italy presents an exciting opportunity for BAI to further extend its neutral host solutions, as MNOs, municipalities and private companies continue to invest in the 5G infrastructure required to support a more connected future.”
Andrew McGrath, group chief commercial officer of BAI Communications, said, “The movement toward an always connected society is only speeding up, and as people return to public spaces, they will expect reliable coverage wherever they go. Our credibility for executing large-scale projects across the world, combined with the experience and market knowledge of the BAI Italia team, makes us well-positioned to deliver solutions for our customers and the people of Italy.”
Luca Luciani, CEO of BAI Italia, said, “The incredible experience across the BAI group means we are in the best position to work with the mobile network operators, private industrial precincts, commercial venues, public offices and municipalities to improve indoor and outdoor connectivity in Italy, helping to accelerate digital innovation across multiple sectors and drive the deployment of smart city applications. We look forward to replicating BAI’s success in other countries here in Italy, as we strive to become the largest neutral-host provider in the country.”
This latest step for BAI Communications follows several developments in the company’s regional and global growth trajectory, the company said.
“In 2021, BAI acquired Mobilitie, one of the largest privately held telecommunications infrastructure companies in the United States, significantly increasing the company’s reach across North America,” a statement from BAI Communications reads. “It also comes after substantial growth in the United Kingdom, including the recent acquisition of Vilicom, a leader in high performance 4G and 5G mobile and cellular coverage solutions. Last year, BAI was also awarded a 20-year concession by Transport for London to deliver high-speed wireless communications for the London subway and agreed to a 20-year partnership with Sunderland City Council to design, build and operate next-generation digital infrastructure to aid the council’s smart city development.
Anthony Mazzarella has been promoted to vice president of analytics and advertising at Transit Wireless, a BAI Communications company, Transit Wireless said. In his new role, the company said, he will manage sales activity Transit Wireless’ advertising and analytics products.
“He leads with the customer at the forefront and brings a wealth of sales and operations experience to our analytics and advertising business,” said Melinda White, CEO of Transit Wireless. “Over the past year, we have built a global proprietary analytics platform to inform transit authorities, advertisers, venue operators and brands, while focused on improving the operation and market share effectiveness.”
Mazzarella previously served as director of advertising, data and partnerships and led the development of marketing and operations strategies for Transit Wireless clients and created plans for positioning through market and data research and analysis. Prior to that, he served in executive marketing, media, data and sales strategy roles at Neustar, Viant Technology, Celtra, Disney Interactive Digitas and Yahoo.
“This is the perfect time to combine efforts on our analytics and advertising products,”. Mazzarella said. “I’ve worked with our analytics team since joining Transit Wireless, exploring the synergies that exist between the businesses. Stepping up to lead the sales for both products will allow us the opportunity to help our clients further define their needs and provide solutions to meet those needs.”
The data and analytics products provide insight to arenas, stadiums, airports and other venues, without using any personally identifiable customer information, according to the company. Transit Wireless said that it provides a platform for its partners to better analyze unique customer behaviors that help motivate business decisions. The company said it considers this to be a crtical step, as venues adapt to a new normal in the later stages of COVID-19.
As a 5G wireless infrastructure company, Transit Wireless provides cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to large infrastructure projects, including the New York City subway system, according to a statement from the company.
“Transit Wireless and its majority shareholder BAI Communications finance, design, build, operate and maintain wireless networks to connect millions of customers each day,” the statement reads. “The Transit Wireless subway network is an award-winning public-private partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and provides service to all three Tier One wireless carriers. The network was honored with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Award for Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in an Urban Environment and the prestigious 2018 IDC Smart Cities North America Award. Transit Wireless is a member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), a proud supporter of the MTA and Literacy Partners annual Subway Reads campaign and won a 2018 Honorable Mention in the MTA’s Genius Transit Challenge.”
A new study from BAI Communications reveals an intensified need for continuous connectivity on public transport systems amid the global COVID-19 recovery.
In 2021, global transit passengers indicated record levels of support for government investments in wireless and fiber network infrastructure (93 percent), 5G networks (89 percent) and technology applications and services designed to make transport safer and a more connected journey.
BAI’s Connectivity outlook report 2021 highlights findings from a recent study commissioned by BAI which surveyed more than 2,500 rail, subway, light rail, bus and ferry transit passengers across five major cities: New York, Sydney, Toronto, Hong Kong and London. In its third year, the report is designed to provide cities, transport operators and governments with information to help understand passengers’ expectations and support sustained, long-term growth in public transport system use.
This year’s report indicates that passengers want three core things: improved safety and cleanliness; advanced technology to support high-quality connectivity on-the-go; and increased spending on communications infrastructure to improve the overall transit experience. Among the report’s findings:
91 percent of passengers think seamless mobile coverage above and below ground is a feature of a world-class city.
81 percent would consider switching mobile carriers to get better service on transport systems, a 12 percent increase since 2019.
Around three-quarters of working respondents would use public transport to get to and from meetings more often if they had fast, reliable connectivity to work and access the cloud on-the-go.
83 percent are comfortable with their anonymized data being used to improve public transport systems; 91 percent are comfortable with their data being used to deliver customized alerts about service changes, disruptions or delays.
52 percent say contactless payment options have inspired them to increase their use of public transport.
BAI’s research suggests that passengers recognize the critical role of transport networks as an enabler of connectivity across cities and increasingly support government spending toward improvements.
Most passengers (93 percent) support government investment in new and reliable wireless and fiber networks for transport. Further, 89 percent would support their city investing in a 5G network, up from 83 percent in 2020.
Nearly all (95 percent) believe network evolution using connectivity and data AI could deliver better transport services.
49 percent would pay more for public transport that offered uninterrupted mobile coverage and high-speed internet across the entire trip – a consecutive increase during the past three years.
Approximately 88 percent would take advantage of a fast, secure and robust internet or data connection during their trips. Almost half (49 percent) would use their connection to stream video while 37 percent and 36 percent would use the network to upload documents to the cloud and participate video calls and conferences, respectively.