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Stephen Speirs

SP Product Management

Cisco Customer Experience (CX)

Stephen Speirs is part of the Cisco Customer Experience Product Management team. This team is tasked with developing major new professional service offerings for Cisco. Stephen has worked on a range of technologies - 5G, NFV, Cloud, Data Center, SDN, DevOps and more. Working with customers and partners worldwide, Stephen has over 30 years industry experience in software development, IT, Data Centers and Service Provider Network Management.

Working with and building a 30 partner consortium, Stephen brought to life the 5G RuralFirst project - potentially the world's most ambitious rural 5G trial - winning part government funding to take 5G to Orkney and Somerset in the UK. Before joining Cisco Services in 2009, Stephen was senior manager, product management, in Cisco's Network Management Technology group, where he brought to market the multi-award winning Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert product. In Cisco Services, Stephen drove development of the Cloud Enablement Services - rated #1 by IDC in their 2013 client survey.

Stephen is based in Cisco's offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and was "acquired into" Cisco in 2000 through the acquisition of Atlantech Technologies Ltd. Since 2019, Stephen has served as non-exec director on the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland (UK communications regulator). Stephen has a BSc (1st Hons) in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Digital Systems Engineering from the University of Heriot Watt, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Outside of work, family, cycling, running, and skiing keep him busy. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Ofcom (UK telecoms regulator) Advisory Committee for Scotland. Believing in "Giving Back" with work-related skills, Stephen also is a guest speaker on the Strathclyde University MBA program, an advisory board member on MaaS Scoltand (Mobility as a Service), and a student project mentor with Dundee University's Product Management BSc/MSc

Articles

October 21, 2020

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Deploying World-Class Rural 4G/5G Networks Just Got a Lot Easier

Service Providers serving rural regions can now easily bring fast, reliable 4G/5G connectivity to their subscribers with the Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Mobility that provides best-in-class mobile packet-core solutions to expand their mobile footprint quickly and cost-efficiently.

September 21, 2020

WE ARE CISCO

The Day My 80-Year Old Mum Came to Visit Cisco 

Customer Experience Product Manager, Stephen, shares his experience during Women of Impact and what having his 80 year old mum there meant to him.

February 25, 2020

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Accelerate Deployment of a World Class 4G/5G Infrastructure – Faster, at Lower Cost

Read how Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Mobility helps service providers accelerate deployment of 4G and 5G infrastructure by integrating a pre-integrated and validated mobile core solution.

February 4, 2019

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Is this the World’s Most Ambitious Rural 5G Trial?! #TheBridgeToPossible

Lots has been happening on our 5G RuralFirst co-innovation, Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) project being run by Cisco UK & Ireland.

February 23, 2018

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

What Really is 5G? A Platform for Disruption with Cisco Services

With all the 5G hype around, it's not difficult to assume that 5G is about "new radio". Right? Wrong! 5G is really about providing a platform for change.

December 14, 2017

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Leading in 5G: Taking 5G to Orkney and Somerset – Part 1

Cisco is leading a consortium entering into the UK Government 5G Competition. This "5G RuralFirst Partnership" is focused on tackling some of the challenges of rural 5G deployment.

December 4, 2017

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Why Wait for 5G? The Challenges of Railway Connectivity – Solved – Today (Part 2)

Part 2! What were the challenges in delivering Cisco’s Connected Train solution - being used to deliver the world's fastest Wifi - in Scotland. And could it help the 5G rollout?