Ian Mac Millan

Ian Mac Millan

Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

Senior Architect


Helping Cable Companies (MSO) develop new Business Services for emerging technologies:

  • Picocells: Leading the research on 3G and 4G picocell business opportunities and technologies for deployment on the the MSO network infrastructure.
  • Ethernet Interconnect: researching Ethernet Exchanges to allow MSOs to provide Ethernet services to additional customers outside of their network infrastructure
2005 - 2010

Senior Product Marketing Manager


Product Line Management including strategy development and marketing for a new portfolio of multi-core packet accelerator products designed to provide services such as Deep Packet Inspection, Network Optimization, Web Gateways, and Security services.

  • P&L management for product line
  • Developed margin and pricing models for all new products
  • Successful launch of 1st generation products - selected for OEM by several Tier 1 Network Equipment Providers
  • Partnerships with 3rd party software providers to pre-integrate hardware and software solutions
  • Articles and Whitepapers published in several industry publications. Presentations at industry conferences and on webinars. Development of outbound collateral and web content. 
  • Executive Member of PICMG and Member of the Conference Advisory Board for the ATCA Summit
1998 - 2005

Director, Network Evolution

Nortel Networks

Managed VoIP program with Qwest ensuring that program commitments were realizable and avoiding potential $10M penalty. Identified and developed new solution architectures with carrier network engineering and planning organizations, as well as internal product management and development teams. Addressed evolving network requirements and leveraged existing / emerging technology.

  • Successfully kept Nortel's long haul optical solution on $100M Q3 project short list by re-architecting solution and gaining customer and product support for new architecture.Identified shift in carrier capital expenditures to Broadband Access solutions.
  • Drove Nortel to create new Broadband Access business and worked with team to develop Nortel solution architecture.Led development of Solution Architecture for Wireless Wireline Convergence incorporating multi-vendor solutions based on 3GPP / IMS architecture.
  • Developed network solutions integrating WLAN, 802.16, and EVDO wireless data technologies for ongoing engagements with SBC and Qwest.
  • Solutions developed incorporated multiple leading and emerging technologies including VoIP, Broadband Access, Wireless Broadband Access,Enterprise/ Local / IXC switching systems, and data networking systems for IP/MPLS, IP VPN, ATM/FrameRelay, and long haul andmetro optical systems.

Managed executive-level meetings with senior executives from SBC and Qwest, including CTO and Product Development / Marketing VP's to discuss their network challenges, potential solutions and technologies. 

1995 - 1998

Sr. Manager, Advanced Technology

Developed MCImetro’s strategies and programs for introducing new and advanced technologies in the local access telecommunications business.  Grew staff from 4 to 32 in less than two years, with a network budget in excess of $50M while achieving these responsibilities.  Managed Vendors for all new products and platforms including Nortel, Siemens, Cisco, and Lucent.

  • Awarded patent and achieved net profit of $100M over five years, as a result of developing new technology and platform to significantly improve dial-up access to Internet for 500,000 users. Architecture was genesis of current VoIP PSTN Gateways.
  • Regionalized voicemail platforms saving $4M in capital costs.
  • Developed and deployed Local Number Portability technology including management of multi carrier North American LNP feasibility trials.
  • Provided leadership for other projects including Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN), Enhanced Service Platforms / Voice Mail, ISDN, Access Technologies, Engineering Guidelines, and deployment of new systems software releases for all major local switch network platforms. 
1988 - 1995

Director Information Communications Technology

SBC Technology Resources (AT&T Labs)

Established new group that assessed emerging communications technologies.

  • Developed requirements and managed creation of internet-based, nationwide Yellow Pages with potential annual net revenue of $100M
  • Created internet-based "Electronic Notary" with potential revenues of $10M per year
  • Evaluated Video Services Infrastructure for Video on Demand
  • Investigated alternative Voice and Operator Services Platforms with potential net annual revenue of $50M
  • Developed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for planning and deploying SONET Fiber Network in Southwestern Bell Telephone with operational cost savings of $5M per year
  • Developed Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages portable sales tool to decrease cost of sales
  • Key contributor to CTI Standards:  ANSI T1S1 Switch-Computer Applications Interface (SCAI) and ECMA Computer Supported Telecommunications Applications (CSTA) standards



B.A. Sc

University of Waterloo


Proven Architect / Product / Marketing Leader with extensive telecommunications and information technology systems experience.  Unique background combining emerging technology for network solutions, and product development / management.  Established track record as team leader within aggressive and innovative organizations, utilizing my professional skills, creativity, vision, and enthusiasm.  U.S. Patent holder.  Specific areas of experience include:

  • Product Management
  • Business Case Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Creation / Leadership
  • RFI / RFP Management
  • Systems / Network Solution Development
  • New Technology Introduction
  • Technical Customer Engagement up to CTO Level
  • Wireless and Wireline Networks



Computer Telephony Integration

·5,007,080: “Communication System Supporting Remote Operations”

SS7 / IP Gateways

·6,278,707: “Platform for Coupling a Circuit Switched Network to a Data Network”