Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Smart Cities, Ookla
BRYAN DARR is the Executive Vice-President of Smart Cities at Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.
His focus on telecom infrastructure and the drive to make cities smarter enables Ookla to leverage network intelligence datasets and solutions specifically designed to help cities and the wireless industry more efficiently process permit applications for network densification and 5G growth. Cities are hard at work protecting the public interest and ensuring digital inclusion, while simultaneously working with network providers on the huge amount of 5G and IoT deployments necessary to stay competitive, increase efficiencies and create a smarter city that provides a higher quality of life for all.
Bryan has spent most of his professional life in the wireless industry, beginning his career in cellular as a sales representative for Cellular One of Memphis in 1985. After discovering his customers were having difficulty traveling with their phones, he founded Mosaik in 1988 (originally branded as American Roamer) and began developing consumer roaming guides. Soon, Mosaik was researching and designing mobile operator coverage maps enabling them to inform consumers about the footprint of their mobile network. In June 2018, Mosaik was acquired by Ookla, combining the vast Speedtest network performance data with the mapping and coverage expertise of Mosaik.
Bryan has served on many industry committees during his career. He currently serves on the Wireless Industry Association’s Innovation and Technology Council and CTIA’s Smart Cities Business & Technology Working Group.