On-Ramp Wireless names Verizon formers to board

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On-Ramp Wireless, a provider of wireless solutions for M2M communications, said former Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg has joined its board of directors, and former Verizon EVP and chief technology officer Richard ”Dick” Lynch has joined its advisory board.

Seidenberg and Lynch each bring wireless industry and management expertise to On-Ramp from their careers in telecommunications.

Their decision to join On-Ramp further validates the company’s vision and business plan as it builds its wireless communications platform for delivering on the full promise of the Internet of Things. In their roles, Seidenberg and Lynch will advise On-Ramp on scaling the company, working with large partners and expanding into global markets.

Analysts predict that billions of devices will be connected in the next evolutionary wave of the Internet. To make this possible, the market will need to turn to more economically-viable wireless network alternatives, such as low power, wide-area networks. On-Ramp’s Total Reach Network, with its patented RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, delivers unprecedented reach, capacity and flexibility for wide-area M2M communications.

Operating in unlicensed spectrum, the On-Ramp solution uses signal processing innovations to find weak signals even in high noise environments or over large distances with immunity to high interference.

As a telecommunications industry pioneer, Seidenberg led Verizon since its inception in 2000 to his retirement in 2011. Since 2012, he has been an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, a boutique investment banking firm. In addition to his role as CEO of Verizon Communications, Seidenberg held numerous advisory roles including chairing the Business Roundtable.

Currently he is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences’ President's Council and serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Hall of Science, Pace University and on the board of directors of BlackRock, Inc.

With over 39 years of experience in telecommunications, including as the CTO of Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless and its predecessors, Lynch has been at the forefront of selecting and deploying wireless technology solutions; he was responsible for the selection of CDPD, CDMA, EV-DO and LTE for use within the Verizon network.

Lynch is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has been awarded patents in the field of wireless communications. He has served on the boards of numerous industry organizations including the GSM Association, the CDMA Development Group, and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee and Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council. Lynch currently serves on the board of directors of Ruckus Wireless, Sonus Networks, and Blackberry.

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