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Yigal Elbaz


SVP, Network CTO

Yigal oversees the global mobile and fixed network technology direction for AT&T, which includes the design of the company’s 5G infrastructure, AT&T’s software-defined networking initiative, protecting and monetizing AT&T’s intellectual property portfolio, and network software automation platforms. His responsibilities include network architecture, standards, planning, development, testing and certification of infrastructure and device technologies.

Yigal previously served as senior vice president of Network Engineering and Operations where he led the engineering and operations of AT&T’s mobility and voice core networks; common IP backbone network; transport and cloud engineering as well as global monitoring of AT&T’s network; tier 3 advanced technical support; business continuity planning and AT&T’s Global Technology Operations Center, which provides centralized command operations.

He also served as senior vice president of Wireless and Access Technology where he was responsible for wireless and wireline access network architecture design and the technology roadmap. Yigal also led ecosystem and innovation through AT&T’s Foundry and his focus on understanding and utilizing the startup community. Through his many assignments, Yigal brings strong leadership and key experiences to deliver advanced access technologies and innovative products and services with speed and agility.

Yigal serves as Chairman of the board for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Yigal also serves on the boards of GSMA, 5G Americas, the O-RAN Alliance and the American Heart Association Dallas.

Yigal has an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Management from Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two sons.


Featured Sessions



19 June 2024




Impact Stage

circleAmplifying Intelligent Networks​
traingleNetwork transformation
traingleNaaS (Network as a Service)
Profitable Connectivity and Beyond: Evolving Network Capabilities

As networks evolve beyond mere connectivity to become engines of profitability, understanding their emerging capabilities is key. This session will focus on harnessing Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) to unlock new opportunities, adapting infrastructure for next-gen services, preparing for 5G and IoT integration, and enhancing network capabilities to diversify services.