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He joined IHS in December 2014, when IHS acquired Infonetics Research—a premier global communications technology market research firm, which he cofounded in 1990. He brings more than 45 years of communications industry experience to IHS, including 25 years in market research. He is recognized worldwide as one of the industry's leading experts in emerging telecom markets, network operator trends and user buying patterns. Mr. Howard specializes in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, packet‑optical transport, mobile backhaul, and small cells. Mr. Howard is a highly-sought speaker. He frequently moderates webinars, chairs conference programs and presents at industry events across the globe, including SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, SDN & NFV Summit, NFV World Congress, MPLS SDN World Congress, Open Networking Summit, GSMA Mobile World Congress, TMForumLive!, MEF Global Ethernet Networking, Ethernet World, Ethernet Technology Summit, and IEEE Hot Interconnects. He is also regularly quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, Forbes, Light Reading, FierceTelecom, Lightwave, Network World, Carrier Ethernet News, Telecom Engine, and Telecom Lead. Before founding Infonetics, Mr. Howard served as an IT director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he led the first interstate bank project that generated the world's first pre-Internet, in-home banking system. Prior to that, he worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, US.