Xtera Communications Inc. (Xtera), a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, today announced that ATIS, the leading technical planning and standards development organization for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, has elected William Szeto, CTO for Terrestrial Network Systems for Xtera, to the ATIS Board of Directors. The ATIS Board of Directors is made up of CTO?s and other senior level executives representing all areas of the global ICT industry. The ATIS board members help define the industry?s most pressing business and technical issues that enable them to set ATIS? strategic, technical and operational priorities.

“Xtera values the role ATIS plays in solving the most important issues in the telecommunications industry,” said William Szeto. “I am honored to be a part of the ATIS Board of Directors and hope that we can continue to help solve the industry?s most pressing technical and operational challenges.”

At Xtera, William is the CTO of Terrestrial Network Systems and plays a key role in future network strategies including beyond 100G system development and standards. He has over 40 years of experience and is well-seasoned in the telecommunications industry. Prior to Xtera, Bill was the Founder, President and CEO of Ceterus Networks until 2003 and CTO until 2009. Prior to Ceterus, Bill was President and CEO of Iris Labs, the Senior Manager of Sprint for 28 years, the CTO for Monterey Networks and Principal Technologist for the Core Optical Transport Business Unit for Cisco Systems.

About Xtera Communications, Inc. 

Xtera Communications, Inc. (Xtera) specializes in network infrastructure that delivers maximum capacity, reach, security, and value. Xtera offers optical transport and WAN optimization solutions for service providers and enterprises worldwide. Xtera„s solution portfolio of terrestrial, submarine, long-haul, regional and WAN optimization applications are deployed across five continents. Xtera?s optical transport solutions help service providers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades. Xtera?s WAN optimization solutions deliver efficient, intelligent and flexible network optimization. For more information, visit www.xtera.com or connect via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.