2021 FierceWireless Rising Star — Airspan’s Gerardo Moyano

Airspan's Gerardo Moyano (Airspan)

For 2021, FierceWireless has compiled a young and accomplished slate of up-and-coming wireless executives. We’re doling out the names of our winners, two per day, so that readers have the time to enjoy reading their profiles. These are all folks to keep an eye on as they make a mark in wireless, working in diverse areas of telecommunications.

Gerardo Moyano joined Airspan as a junior test engineer right after graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a double degree in electrical engineering and physics. Four years later Moyano is a system verification test engineer for the company and based in its headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Moyano was recruited by Airspan while he was still in college and worked there as an intern for six months before joining the company full-time. At first, he considered continuing his education and becoming a professor because he enjoyed tutoring his fellow classmates when he was an undergrad.

In his job, Moyano plays a key role in making sure that Airspan’s products are performing at a high standard before they are mass produced by handling critical quality assurance testing in the lab and in the field. He helped create a test lab for Airspan products and is now part of a team that is building a 5G innovation lab in Florida where customers can come and see demonstrations of Airspan products and conduct proof-of-concept tests. 

Moyano also performs testing in other countries to get certification for Airspan gear to be sold in other parts of the world. This part of the job involves traveling abroad to countries like Canada and Japan, which he enjoys. However, for now the Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt to those travels.

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Moyano likes working in the wireless industry and on 5G equipment because it’s on the cutting edge. “I like that 5G is not fully developed in the U.S., and I think it will be interesting to see how this evolves in the coming years,” he said.

He said that the best part of working for Airspan is that there is no bureaucracy, and he can just fix things. “If something breaks, we just fix it."

The most challenging part is that often the work in this fast-paced company sometimes requires long days.

When he’s not working, Moyano likes to play soccer with friends.