On Friday, December 13, FSA hosted Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President at AT&T Labs. Mrs. Rinne talked about earlier, current and future communication technologies and made some demonstrations. It was a time travel through technological innovations. Simply amazing! Mrs. Rinne asked students about their opinions and ideas about future communication tools. The answers were very brights and innovative. The program ended with many wonderful questions from our students. We thanks Mrs. Rinne for taking time from her busy schedule and giving this wonderful speech. We also thank one of our parents, Mrs. Kefalas for arranging this event for our students.  

Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technology at AT&T Labs, has a depth of knowledge of the wireless network that leaves most in the industry in awe. She can rattle off answers to just about any technology question in such a succinct manner that those listening need a couple seconds (or more) just to process her answer.

But that vast knowledge of the network serves her well. In her current role, she oversees all the architecture and planning for AT&T’s LTE network, handling standards and device certification. She also oversees network platforms and service platforms via AT&T Labs, as well as the analysis and optimization of the network.

Throughout Rinne’s 30-year tenure in the industry she has participated in the deployment of several different network technologies including GSM, HSPA and now LTE. As a long-time technology leader, she has contributed to the industry by serving on the board of several industry associations including as chairperson of the Board of Governors at  4G Americas (previously known as 3G Americas) and as a director of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).

In 2011, Kris was named as “The Most Influential Woman in Wireless” by Fierce Wireless and was a member of the Global Telecom Business Power 100 list of the most powerful telecom executives. She made the Fierce Wireless list once again in 2012.

Rinne also is a 2013 Wireless Hall of Fame inductee. Inductees are selected by an anonymous panel consisting of current Hall of Fame members, which include such wireless industry luminaries as former Qualcomm CEO Irwin Jacobs, Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Communications, and former AT&T Mobility CEO Stan Sigman.

2013 is an important year for Rinne as she and her team work to expand AT&T’s LTE footprint so it covers 270 million POPs by year-end. In addition, Rinne will likely be overseeing the deployment of LTE Advanced features, including carrier aggregation technology.

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