Hall 7 Stand 7A11

MWC Special Event

Tuesday 27th 5:15pm


The Future of Connectivity with Light

Join us for a special event at Mobile World Congress. Enjoy refreshments and explore how Light will unleash the next generation of connectivity.

Tuesday 27th 5:15pm, Hall 7 Stand 7A11

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The Speakers

Mahesh Krishnaswamy leads Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory. Taara is X’s moonshot to bring affordable high-speed, high-capacity bandwidth to underserved communities around the world by using a new approach to wireless optical communication technology, or beams of light. Before founding Taara, Mahesh headed the manufacturing and supply chain for Project Loon, which used floating balloons in the stratosphere to augment cellular connectivity.

Previously, Mahesh worked at Apple managing a portfolio of strategic products from concept to launch, and a decade at Motorola as a product manager, where he brought WiMAX and LTE portfolio products to market. Mahesh holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Alistair Banham is a global semiconductor industry veteran, with more than 30 years’ experience leading international business units. Prior to taking up the role as CEO at pureLiFi Alistair was Senior Vice President & GM of Customer Solutions Business Unit at Wolfson Microelectronics. At Wolfson Alistair was responsible for chip development, mobile systems strategy and driving strong engagement with tier 1 global accounts Previously he held roles as SVP & General Manager EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) at Philips Semiconductors. Alistair was a founding member and President & GM EMEA of ON Semiconductor and played a leading role in the spin out from Motorola semiconductor and subsequent IPO. During his time in the semiconductor industries, Alistair has been based out of key technology hubs from silicon valley (California) through to ASIA.