CommScope Announces Leadership Shakeup, Charles Treadway As New CEO

‘This is time for strong leadership and product design complementary to the transformation we are seeing,’ says one CommScope partner on the company’s changing of the guard.

Network infrastructure provider CommScope said that its CEO of 15 years, Eddie Edwards, is stepping down. Edwards is being succeeded by Charles “Chuck” Treadway (pictured), who has joined the company as president, CEO and a member of the CommScope board of directors effective Oct. 1, the company said Thursday.

Treadway, a seasoned veteran with a collective 17 years of experience as a CEO and prior experience in a chief operating officer capacity, is coming on to help the company grow its next-generation wireless networking and communications infrastructure businesses in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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New England Patriots Coach Slams Microsoft Tablets And Tech; Partners Say They Could Solve The Problem

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is giving up on Microsoft's Surface tablets, saying there's too many issues with the product as well as communication systems in general during game day.

”I just can't take it anymore," said Belichick in his team press conference on Tuesday. "[Surface tablets are] just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do, as well, because there just isn't enough consistency in the performance of the tablets.”

Belichick said other communications systems involved with the coaches in the press box and on the field also "fail on a regular basis." (And, from this video gem on Oct. 2, it appears they sometimes have help.)

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First-Ever Aruba Wireless SMB Option, Instant On, Emerges

Aruba Networks is taking aim at the small business wireless market with its first-ever wireless offering for SMB customers, Aruba Instant On. Aruba Networks is unveiling its first wireless product line entirely focused on the needs of SMB customers that takes aim at the likes of small business Wi-Fi vendors and Cisco's Meraki line.

The new line of wireless access points, Aruba Instant On, was designed with simplicity in mind. But the "enterprise-grade" offering will help move the needle on the types of wireless experiences that small businesses will be able to offer their customers, not to mention, the doors it will open for channel partners, Keerti Melkote, Aruba's founder and president, told CRN in an exclusive interview.
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