Matt Walker

Principal Analyst
Network Infrastructure

Matt is a Principal Analyst in Ovum’s Network Infrastructure practice. Based in Los Angeles, Matt has 15 years of experience as an analyst. He is currently focused on telecoms economics and vendor strategy. A recognized expert on telecoms financial issues, Matt oversees Ovum’s research on service provider (SP) revenues, capex, and opex. His reports cover these topics and others, such as telco procurement, startups, M&A, and the vendor competitive landscape. He has also published a wide range of reports on network topics such as WDM, packet-optical convergence, mobile backhaul, carrier Ethernet, FTTx, global network connectivity, and Big Data.

Matt’s recent project work for vendors has included market entry strategy, custom forecast, competitor analysis, and technology assessments. For carriers, recent projects have covered vendor selection and network strategy. Matt has also spoken at client seminars for internal sales training and external customer briefings. Matt is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by IIR, Netevents, Beacon, and other organizers primarily in Asia.

Matt joined Ovum in 2006 and from 1998–2005 was part of RHK, a research firm acquired by Ovum in 2005. Before joining RHK in 1998, Matt worked as an economist for Exeter Associates, where his focus was telecoms network cost modeling and electricity demand forecasting. Before that he spent two years at Rochester Gas & Electric, where he advised senior management on pricing issues and designed a new gas-pricing methodology.

Matt received a BA in political science in 1995 and an MS in applied economics in 1995 from the University of Rochester.