The US market is a major focus for upcoming Boldyn Networks with ongoing and new transit, venue, government, military, public safety, enterprise, and smart city connectivity projects.
May 4, 2023: BAI Communications (BAI), the global shared network infrastructure leader, which will officially operate as Boldyn Networks by this summer, today named Christos Karmis as CEO of Boldyn Networks’ United States (US) Business effective July 1. Christos currently serves as President & CEO of Mobilitie, one of BAI’s group companies.
In the US, BAI is in the process of integrating its four portfolio companies Mobilitie, Signal Point Systems, Transit Wireless and ZenFi Networks into one business entity that will drive its ambitious growth plans in the country. By the end of June, BAI will rebrand globally as Boldyn Networks, becoming an international powerhouse that will continue to design, fund, build, operate, and maintain high capacity, next-generation neutral host infrastructures for customers around the world. Working with mobile and fixed network operators, Boldyn Networks will deliver 5G connectivity to interconnected transit hubs, sports and entertainment venues, commercial real estate properties, smart cities, hospitality venues, military bases and more.
The US organization brings together established leadership, a team of skilled and innovative experts, and years of experience in the public and private sectors, with exciting shared infrastructure projects to come. Some recent projects include deployments that deliver reliable 5G connectivity to fans at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena and L.A. LIVE, seamless mobile coverage above and below ground for passengers in transit systems like the San Francisco and Bay Area Central Subway system and the New York City Subway, as well as expanded connectivity in the New York and New Jersey metro region through thousands of miles of fiber networks, data centers, small cells, and the LinkNYC project.
Christos Karmis has been instrumental in expanding Mobilitie’s business nationwide. Under his leadership, the portfolio of solutions for large venues and enterprises has grown exponentially and allows the company to address any complex infrastructure project where the goal is reliable and future-proof connectivity. Christos has overseen the growth of the business across all industry verticals as well as the launch of the company’s private network solutions. He was responsible for the strategic acquisition of Signal Point Systems last year, which provides best-in-class wireless and wired broadband connectivity to military personnel and their families.
“It’s a very exciting time for the new Boldyn Networks. This news reflects the significant growth in our business globally and the substantial business opportunities that lie ahead for us as one organization in the US,” said Christos Karmis. “We bring a wealth of experience building and operating large-scale communications infrastructure in complex environments. This strategic move will better position Boldyn Networks in the US marketplace as the neutral host provider of choice for carriers and customers that share our vision of an interconnected future. Our employees and clients are excited about the benefits of being part of a larger global enterprise that is also an innovative and dynamic leader in the industry.”
As part of the new US team structure, Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi will take a role of Senior Advisor to Boldyn Networks in the US, with a focus on realizing our connectivity vision for the NY Metro area and beyond, and Melinda White will depart from her role as CEO of Transit Wireless in the second half of 2023.
Melinda White has been a longstanding and highly respected senior executive in the BAI Group since joining in 2018. She built and led the team to transform Transit Wireless into the leading 5G and neutral host provider of transit solutions it is today. Melinda’s extensive industry experience, strategic focus, operating expertise and community and state relationships was foundational for this business transformation and the successful structuring and closing of the NYCT Subway expansion agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). This expansion puts Boldyn Networks at the center of the award-winning public-private partnership with the MTA for the New York City subway network.
Ray LaChance has served as Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi Networks (ZenFi) since its inception in 2014, applying his leadership and proven industry expertise to build and deliver innovative digital infrastructure solutions to mobile network operators, large enterprises and telecommunications providers in the New York and New Jersey metro markets. Notable accomplishments over the years include deploying the first purpose-built C-RAN infrastructure supporting Google and the LinkNYC initiative, merging ZenFi with Cross River Fiber to further expand ZenFi’s fiber network throughout Northern New Jersey, leading a $200M+ investment and partnership with CityBridge to further expand the LinkNYC program into the wireless infrastructure space, and most recently guiding the organization through the BAI acquisition of ZenFi. Throughout his career spanning 30+ years, LaChance has become a respected thought leader in the global network technology industry.
Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications said “Our companies in the US have an amazing track record for innovative, reliable, and successful infrastructure deployments. The contributions of Christos and our forward-thinking leadership team, coupled with their knowledge of the US market will be critical in building a stronger global organization for Boldyn Networks. I firmly believe that the integrated US organization will be in extremely capable hands.”
The newly formed Boldyn Networks’ solutions include indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS, small cells, Wi-Fi networks, towers, private networks, fiber and other infrastructure used by wireless carriers to enable high-speed mobile communications. In the US, BAI companies have already deployed +10,000 small cells, 250 venues for indoor DAS, and have major transit partners in key cities like San Francisco, Seattle and NYC. BAI companies also support connectivity in over 75 US military bases with the rights to deploy infrastructure in 40 more, and own and operate the largest public outdoor free Wi-Fi network through the LinkNYC program.
About BAI Communications
BAI Communications (BAI) is bringing together our six companies BAI in the Northern Hemisphere, Mobilitie, Signal Point Systems, Transit Wireless, ZenFi Networks and Vilicom, and rebranding soon into one powerhouse called Boldyn Networks. BAI is a world leader in shared communications infrastructure, pioneering solutions that empower our customers to advance their services, accelerate their networks and amplify their reach in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible. Having long been at the forefront of network advancement, BAI is harnessing fiber, spearheading the transition from 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G and preparing for 6G – and beyond. We collaborate closely with our customers in telecommunications, government, transport, enterprise, broadcasting, and venues to realize their communications vision, focusing not just on the immediate future, but on the possibilities that exist over long-term partnerships. Our global operations span the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia. Together, we’re creating smarter communities for all.
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