Long-time engineering executive Iyad Tarazi has the interesting distinction of being one of the few remaining former Nextel employees still among the Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) executive ranks.
Tarazi, who was previously the vice president of network engineering at Nextel, is currently the vice president of network development and engineering at Sprint, where he's responsible for the development and integration of new products and technologies. In other words, Tarazi is a key player behind Sprint's complex Network Vision network modernization project. In fact, Tarazi can often be found walking reporters and industry analysts through the various steps of the carrier's Network Vision project, in which the company will spend several billion dollars in 2012 and 2013 upgrading its network to LTE, decommissioning its iDEN network and eventually deploying LTE Advanced.
This is a huge undertaking for Sprint, and one that continues to receive considerable scrutiny from the industry and the investment community. Sprint's future is dependent upon the company's ability to seamlessly deploy LTE in the 1900 MHz G-band spectrum, move its existing iDEN customers to its advanced CDMA push-to-talk service in the 1900 MHz band and then deploy LTE Advanced in its 800 MHz spectrum. That's a lot of different technologies straddling multiple spectrum bands. Tarazi and his team are in charge of making sure the Network Vision project progresses without any hiccups and that Sprint customers receive the best network experience along the way. No small task, indeed.