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Bill Gartner

Senior Vice President/GM

Optical Systems & Optics Group

Bill Gartner is Senior Vice President/GM of of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group. In this role, Bill has P&L responsibility for these businesses and is responsible for strategic direction, product development, product positioning and new product introduction.

Prior to joining Cisco, Bill was Chief Operating Officer of Meriton Networks (acquired by Xtera Networks). Prior to Meriton, Bill served as President and COO of Mahi Networks and COO of Photuris.

Before joining Photuris, he was Vice President and General Manager of Lucent's Optical Networking Systems business, responsible for Metro, Access, and Long Haul DWDM Products.

His earlier tenure in the industry included roles at AT&T Bell Labs and Paradyne.

Bill has served on the boards of OptronX (acquired by JDSU) and CyOptics.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. He is a University of Pennsylvania Moore Fellow, and holds three patents.

Articles

January 13, 2020

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Cisco Makes Waves in Subsea Market

Cisco continues to be a leading optical transport vendor driving the subsea evolution. Learn how our solution is helping our customers keep up with current and future demands with more capacity, longer distance and lower cost per bit.

December 11, 2019

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Optics: Fundamental to Build the Internet for the Future

The power of the internet is about to change for good. Read how optics has a critical role in driving the architectural transitions.

Distance + Capacity = Cisco Sets Global Spectral Efficiency Record

The subsea market is booming, and Cisco continues to be a leading optical transport vendor driving this evolution.

Optics in the Data Center: Powering Ever-Increasing Capacity Demands

There is no end in sight to capacity growth demands as the internet continues to explode. Today's blog looks at trends in the data center and how Cisco's optics technologies deliver solutions that meet our customers’ time to deployment, performance, power and cost expectations.

July 9, 2019

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Cisco Announces Intent to Buy Acacia Communications; Helping Drive Significant Industry Network Architectural Shifts

Cisco announces the intent to buy Acacia Communications, a fabless semiconductor company, to build an industry-leading portfolio of optical, silicon, and software technologies to advance intent-based networking.

Cisco Expands 400G and 600G Trials with CENIC

Cisco is moving quickly to support customers like CENIC to maximize their network by enabling more bandwidth and flexibility that multi-haul brings.

Cisco NCS 1004 – The Bridge Between Reach and Capacity

The value of the Cisco NCS 1004 lies in its multi-haul transport capabilities and ability to adapt to any reach use case while providing the highest spectral efficiency. Visit Cisco at OFC, booth 5829.

February 27, 2019

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Cisco and Verizon to Demonstrate the Benefit of Multi-Haul Transport

Cisco partnered with Verizon to demonstrate the benefits of the granular control of our NCS 1004 in a real-world environment.