John Baker

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SVP, Business Development

John Baker

John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.

A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including:

  • GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications
  • VP & GM Network Solutions at CommScope
  • VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia
  • VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services

John also contributed significantly to the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.

Keynotes and presentations John Baker typically covers:

  • OpenRAN and 5G Network Economics
  • Transforming Mobile Network Economics of 4G/5G
  • 4G to 5G – Evolution not Revolution

Recent Speaking Topics

Leadership Newsroom

Is Open RAN a Reset for the GSM MoU?

17 January 2022

Mavenir’s John Baker looks at what it is about OpenRAN technology that is whipping up the storm in the industry and even in politics.

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Open RAN: Clearing Up the Confusion About Greenfield and Brownfield References

10 January 2022

Contrary to the narrative, the vDU’s that are available today support high-capacity features of 4G/5G, such as Carrier Aggregation, CoMP, and interference coordination, for both greenfield and brownfield deployment.

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Open RAN – Déjà vu Time for the ‘Forever Light Bulb’

31 December 2021

Mavenir’s John Baker and Stefano Cantarelli, join Voice & Data to talk about the need for open and interoperable interfaces as MNOs roll out the networks of the future.

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