Kirby Koster has extensive wireless, optical, and fixed line advanced technology experience, and has been working in senior product management positions as well as design, application, and sales engineering positions for the past 30+ years with companies such as Newbridge Networks, Bridgewater Systems, Xtera Communications, and Meriton Networks. He has designed and driven projects for CWDM/DWDM optical networks across North America for large International Banks, utilities, and ISPs. Kirby has also helped design and test high capacity microwave radio links in networks around the world in Canada, South Africa, Turkey, India, USA, France, and Japan.
As current Senior Manager – Broadband Programs at CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, he defines, funds, and executes technology projects designed to prove technology and business case innovation to reduce the cost of residential broadband solutions for small northern and rural communities in Ontario. During his time at CENGN, Kirby has been able to apply his extensive network technology experience to understand, articulate, and validate proposed solutions to the key technical challenges facing broadband service providers in Canada’s northern and rural communities.