In a world where seamless connectivity is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity, Kyrio is pleased to welcome Chetan Hebbalae as our new Vice President of Software Products and Network Technology. With his wealth of industry experience and forward-thinking approach, Chetan is ideally suited to further Kyrio’s mission of solving key industry challenges and will be focused on delivering network solutions to operators and vendors.
Solving the Seamless Connectivity Problem with Kyrio
In his new role at Kyrio, Chetan sees exciting potential to solve urgent problems in the industry backed by a talented team. Kyrio offers all of the benefits of a startup under the umbrella of CableLabs, a well-respected industry member organization. From working towards seamless connectivity to testing and validating products that serve as a bridge between existing technologies and those in development, Kyrio is raising the bar for the industry.
“This role offers a fantastic opportunity to guide a team of very talented individuals mixing product development and product management. Kyrio, backed by the power of CableLabs, is in a wonderful space that enables us to serve both operators and vendors globally. Products like ARC as well as our automated testing services help break down technology silos, helping operators navigate technology transitions across fixed, Wi-Fi and 5G domains.”
Among the pressing problems Chetan is working with Kyrio to solve is the issue of seamless connectivity utilizing the power of AI and ML, a challenge that has never been solved with commercially viable solutions to date. Kyrio’s ARC solutions bridge the wireless experience gap created by use of multiple technologies like 5G, Wi-Fi and CBRS, with an adaptive route control solution that delivers seamless session continuity for broadband networks and mobile applications.
Kyrio’s unique approach brings together ARC Mobile and ARC HotSpot, serving a wide range of client needs ranging from enterprise solutions to fleet management to residential and consumer applications.
Chetan sees several current trends driving interest in ARC:
- Time-Sensitive Communication – Operators need real-time data from the field about how they can deliver the best service at the lowest cost. With ARC, they can make real-time decisions about apps, backend services to deploy , data analysis, and more.
- Seamless Connectivity – Many Wi-Fi customers still routinely experience gaps in connectivity leading to poor experience when they move in and out of different settings. ARC Mobile solves that problem with economically efficient, flexible solutions that deliver true seamless connectivity.
- Deep Network Insights – ARC can help operators and enterprises build a map of how consumers experience their networks, how the network is deployed, and how to optimize the network.
- Cost Effective – Unlike many other attempts to solve the seamless connectivity problem, ARC’s lightweight footprint doesn’t create direct costs for customers (such as high battery consumption) or increase the cost of the solution itself. The goal is to ensure that the overhead of solution management doesn’t exceed the benefit.
“ARC is solving today’s problems using patent pending lightweight implementations that take a lot of the complexity out of the decision-making process while minimizing and optimizing switching across wireless domains. That’s the magic that is built into ARC.”
An International Leader in Technology and Business
Chetan has extensive international experience building products for a global customer base in roles spanning engineering, product management, and business development at both start-ups and large established organizations. Creating products for mature developed markets as well as working to connect the unconnected by bringing cost effective Internet solutions to greenfield spaces has been an eventful journey that has brought home the power of community and the importance of grassroots marketing and building trust in the marketplace.
Chetan’s background includes two successful IPOs (Ruckus Wireless and Cambium Networks), where he led product ideation and management developing solutions for the Wi-Fi industry. Working at the intersection of mobile network operators and large and mid sized enterprises, he gained first-hand insight into how new technology is developed, marketed and deployed through early and growth stages.
“After working in the startup space, I got an opportunity to do something unique at Meta (Facebook) that I hadn’t done in decades: connect the unconnected. It was a very rare learning opportunity to address greenfield markets where people have no access to the Internet and to see how their lives are impacted when they get on the Internet for the very first time. It is more heart than wallet, and it gave me an understanding of the market dynamics involved and the importance of adapting business models to the unique regional dynamics, in earning the trust of the early adopters.”
As the Ecosystem Partnerships Manager at Meta’s Infrastructure group, Chetan led the ecosystem evangelization and development of wireless convergence and open source-based initiatives like the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi initiative. In his role as co-chair of the Wi-Fi solution group, he actively led a cross functional team to recruit and build an alliance of early adopters bringing together stakeholders from across enterprises, operators, vendors and industry bodies like the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), ITRI and the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA).
Chetan’s diverse experience and his strategic understanding of both the business and technology side of the rapidly changing wireless industry bring depth and breadth to Kyrio’s leadership team. We’re excited to see what the future holds as we work together to solve today’s most pressing challenges.