Sidney W. Thomas Sr.
Dynamic Network Technology & Engineering Leader
Experienced Senior Network and Technology Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Skilled in Enterprise Architecture, Data Center, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and Network Design. Strong consulting professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Administration and Management.
Verizon, Silver Spring, Maryland 2004 - Present
Senior Network Technology Manager (PMTS) (Corporate Technology), 2007 - Present
Developed and designed Network implementation of Cisco’s New NextGen Optical and MPLS Packet NCS 2K/4K Converged System deployed to enable Unified Transport MPLS Trunks required to support E-Line Ethernet Services for Wireless Carriers moving aggressively forward to build out 5G in In-Franchise and Out-of- Franchise Regions
Lead the Network Technology Planning Project to ready by completion of upgrades of the Private Converged Router (PCR) in the Private IP (PIP) Network to provide Ethernet Services that will support a large Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) Government Contract worth $50B in revenue.
Developed and designed Switched Ethernet Services (SES) and PIP Network Architecture to implement strategic First Office Applications leading to the deployment of New Next Generation Network Elements and Technologies for the Verizon Wireline Network.
Developed and designed IPTV FiOS 2nd Generation Network Engineering Deployment Plans for implementation of a New Media Service Router to serve as the Cache Router that will manage network traffic coming from Verizon OnCue and Edgecast Video Content Servers located in ten FiOS Serving Areas (FSA’s).
Developed and designed Switched Ethernet Service (SES) Network Architecture for Verizon’s Fiber To The Cell Site (FTTCS) Wireless Ethernet Backhaul supporting the top four Major Wireless Carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint
Project Managed the removal and elimination of over 800 Cisco 6509 Legacy Network Trunks to decrease routing errors and improve network performance for the SES Network which generates $1.3B in annual revenue
Completed 75 Network Deployment Plans totaling $200M in network capital invested into building a Next
Generation Ethernet Switch 10 Gigabit Backbone Network Infrastructure with projected revenue of over $5B
Completed 25 Network Engineering Deployment Plans resulting in 200 Cisco 6509 Switches deployed in the network, which amounted to $40M spent in network build out to support demand for Ethernet Services.
Developed, designed, created, and planned Network Topology Architectures to include Verizon's Wireless Ethernet Backhaul (WEBH) Strategy for Fiber To The Cell Site (FTTCS) Program
Lead SMDS Network Element Retirement Project with Network Capital Savings of $50M to include
Energy Reduction of (11,898,113kWh) at $1.1M and Maintenance Contract expense savings year over year of $660K.
Manager, Network Engineering (Engineering and Technology), 2004 – 2007
Promoted to Lead the Network Engineering Team with remediation of over 1400 Central Offices suspended or closed due to exhausted Network Element Capacity in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Relief required to support special Product Offering of Digital Subscriber Line High Speed Internet to over four Million Customers.
Directed the deployment of various network elements for the High-Speed Internet (HSI), FTTP data and VFTTP network build out supporting Verizon's new Broadband Offering FiOS.
Managed the National Broadband Engineering Network Creation Process from start to finish to include planned network deployments of the Juniper ERX 1440's, Ciena DN 7100 Switches, Cisco 12K Lata Core Routers, and 6509/6709 Gigabit switches/routers
Coordinated and tracked the provisioning of DS3, OC3, and OC12 IOF circuits needed for connecting FTTP Network Elements to the data backbone network
Conducted inter-departmental weekly conference calls with the Circuit Provisioning Center (CPC) and Network
Supervised Provisioning Center (NPC) Technicians and Engineers that utilized Vendor Configurators to implement Alcatel Lucent and Cisco Network Elements for the FiOS Network
Coordinated and completed structured project management activities to establish working relationships with IOF, Central Office Engineering and Installation, Network Operations, Capacity Management, and Marketing
Introduced, arranged, and implemented DSL Program Management activities to address critical DSLAM end-office capacity exhaust during the DSL Restoration Project for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Addressed outstanding DSL capacity exhaust issues with DSLAM’s and Remote Terminals in 1,468 Central Offices covering 17M Loop Qualified Lines in Service for Verizon East.
Manager, Network Planning (Network Services Group), 2002 - 2004
Promoted to Manager, Network Planning with increased responsibilities to lead and manage Operations Support Systems (OSS’s) required for circuits provisioned on the Telecommunications Network. Managed a $20M Network Capital Management and Development & Enhancement budget with 12 direct reports as the Network Systems Planning Manager for Operational Support Systems (OSS) for Engineering, Testing, Provisioning, Trouble Management, and Workflow in the Verizon Advance Data Network
Deployed NetOptimize the Engineering Data Traffic Collection Tool for all Network Elements deployed in the Verizon Advance Data and Fast Packet Network
Lead team of 30 from various Departments in Engineering, Provisioning, Capacity Management, Network Operations which identified DSL ports not being billed after disconnecting for costs saving of $77M
Designed and Installed Bulk Statistics Servers to collect and validate data for DSL users on the network to ensure proper billing for High Speed Internet Services
Restructured costs model for Capacity Licenses for NetOptimize per Network Element for annualized costs savings of $2M.
New storage platform implemented with Network Appliance that reduced EMC data disk storage required for Data Traffic Collection resulting in a realized cost savings of $500K annually
Manager, Dedicated Internet Access Services (GNI/ESG), 1999 - 2002
Promoted to Manager, Network Planning as a Cisco Network Engineer to be Technical Support Manager for
52 Tier 1 & 2 Cisco Engineers for the (ESG) Customer Care Technical Call Center supporting over 3,000 Dedicated Internet Access Customers for Bell Atlantic/Verizon.
Arranged and assembled technical support teams to troubleshoot and configure Cisco routers
Identified, modified, and diagnosed router and switch connectivity problems for over 2500 dedicated leased lines with ATM, Frame Relay, PTP, and SMDS Access Technologies
Directed and coordinated a 24x7 day operational schedule to ensure Cisco and Internet Technicians were readily available to provide technical support for Dedicated Internet Access Customers
Previous Relevant Experience
National Geographic Society - Sr. Technical Support Specialist/IT Staff Manager
Suburban Hospital, Inc. - Manager, Support Services
United States Navy - Hospital Corpsman First Class (E-6) Honorable Discharge
MBA - Colorado Technical University, Denver, Colorado
Graduate Certificates in Business Management, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Bachelor of Science, Information Technology, University of The Potomac, Washington, DC
Master’s Certificate IT Project Management, The George Washington University, Washington, DC