Alvio Barrios leading Nortel's Latin America operations as telecom giant pioneers new hyper-connectivity setups
As the telecommunications industry is transformed and begins to touch every aspect of our daily lives — both business and personal — Alvio Barrios is looking ahead. He runs the Caribbean and Latin American division of Nortel, a noted leader in providing communications capabilities to "most of the service providers in the world," he said, including Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. The $10 billion-plus firm builds networks for everyone from police departments, to airports, to the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Barrios' division does business in every Latin American and Caribbean country, emerging markets in which wireless broadband connectivity is happening even faster than it is here, he said. To stay ahead of the curve in what Mr. Barrios predicts will be a future of "hyper connectivity," Nortel is working with technologies to enlarge coverage — "like Wi-Fi on steroids" — and increase efficiency.
Though his office is based in Sunrise, and he spends much of his time out of the country, Mr. Barrios calls Miami home and South Florida his "backyard." He was interviewed in Nortel's Caribbean and Latin America headquarters by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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