Telecom Lead Asia: Sigma Systems, a provider of converged
broadband solutions, has appointed Arata Hirao as regional director,
Based in Tokyo, Hirao will focus on the Japanese Service
Provider market. Hirao-san has more than 30 years of experience to the role
from a variety of technology sectors, including cable, broadband, mobile,
software and applications.
“Hirao-san has extensive experience working with
major service providers to realize new revenue opportunities by deploying
leading-edge internet and communication technologies. His presence will help us
to intensify our focus on enabling our customers to leverage their Sigma OSS
solutions, and to expand our relationships with service providers and key
partners throughout Japan,” said Tim Spencer, president and COO, Sigma
Before joining Sigma Systems, Hirao-san worked as general
manager and representative director of OpenTV’s Japanese operations.
Prior to OpenTV, he served as president and
representative director at Critical Path Japan, a hosted service solution
provider. He has held management and sales positions in-region with IBM,
Openwave Systems Japan, Invisix Asia Pacific and Nortel Networks Japan.
“The importance of an extensible back-office that
can automate the delivery of new services is growing. Operators in this region
are leading the world in the delivery of new services and must have the ability
to introduce, personalize and bundle these services faster than ever
before,” said Arata Hirao.
NGOs around the globe – including Charter, Cox, Rogers,
TELUS, Cogeco Cable, YouSee, Tiscali, NET Servicos, Technology Networks, iTSCOM
and ZON Multimedia and more — are leveraging Sigma’s solutions for service
transformation and rapid, reliable delivery of new services.