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Our experts include engineers, physicists, economists, security advisors, business strategists and deployment specialists, with experience spanning all major wireless industry sectors. We can offer expertise and experience in both the technical and commercial domains, from experts that have held senior-level positions with operators, vendors, systems integrators and research organisations.

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Mark Keenan, CEng MIStructE MIET Chief Executive Officer

Areas of Expertise: 

Wireless Project Management, Wi-Fi, Private Mobile Radio, Tetra, Cellular

Experience:

Mark has worked in the wireless telecoms industry since 1992.

Co-founder of Real Wireless, he took over as CEO in Autumn 2015.

Experience in design and implementation of major wireless systems in environments as diverse as Heathrow Airport, Wembley Stadium, Ascot Racecourse and numerous other large projects throughout the UK and The Netherlands.

Responsible for the UK’s first landlord-owned multi-operator in-building wireless infrastructure in the Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham. He is a multi-operator.

Simon Fletcher, MEng MBA Chief Technology Officer

Areas of Expertise:

Small Cells, 5G, IoT, 3G/4G, LTE, C-RAN

Experience:

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as CTO.

Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee.

Associated with the UK innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN.

A recent focus on the practical application of 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. This is focused primarily on future cities. 

Oliver Bosshard, MSC MBA MIET Chief Operations Officer

Areas of expertise:  

Project Management, 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and TETRA (DAS, Propagation planning, backhaul and rollout) 

Experience:

In charge of Project Management & Strategy at Bluwan (2011-2014), where his product creation won the Frost and Sullivan European Technology Innovation Award 2011 among other awards.

CTO at the wireless ISP Luminet, where he executed the first post-auction spectrum trade between companies in the UK (2007-2011)

BTS & BSC site build management for Orange Switzerland.

RF Planning & Optimisation career which resulted in leading the national special projects team.

Project lead on multi-operator coverage at aiports, trains and 200km+ of railways tunnels for all Swiss operators through the use of active and passive DAS.

Founded his consultancy company in 2004 and worked in Africa and the Caribbean on varying projects including technical consultancy and network rollout management.

Head of Wireless Innovations Group UK & Ireland which provided solutions for Wembley Stadium, O2 Dome, Glasgow Underground DAS and Virgin Intrain Repeaters.

John Okas, BSc ACGI DMS Strategic Wireless Business Consultancy

Areas of Expertise:

Sales, Business Development, Fixed Telecoms, IT, Broadcasting Infrastructure, Product Management, Business Planning, Merger & Acquisitions, Regulations, Market Analysis, Contract Negotiations

Experience:

  •  Many years’ experience in the wireless industry with both equipment vendors (Motorola, ComDev & Racal) and operators (including NTL – now Arqiva).
  • Has held senior positions in the broadcasting infrastructure sector.
  • Product management experience with various teams.
  • A wide experience pool allows John to be an effective general manager and board member up to CEO level.
  • Skilled at engaging with engineers at all levels in order to assess the complex engineering challenges and risks faced by stakeholders.
  • He also has broad experience across many related areas including regulation, contract negotiation, market analysis, management of the tendering process and project management.
  • Above all else John is known for solving problems and ‘getting things done’.
Julie Bradford, MEng CEng MIET Managing Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

LTE, Project Management, Simulation modelling, Wi-Fi, LTE, 3GPP, Small Cells

Experience:

Led projects for large clients including Cisco, Ofcom, Small Cell Forum, Virgin Media and VT iDirect.

Notably led Real Wireless’ Wi-Fi and LTE co-existence modelling project which provided results for Cisco in their 3GPP contributions on the LAA study item.

Heavily involved in Real Wireless technical analysis that was published alongside and supported Ofcom’s consultations on the combined award of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.

Strong background in digital signal processing techniques for the physical layer of wireless communications systems.

Worked as Comms Engineer at QinetiQ and developed bespoke modems on Software Defined Radio (SDR) platforms.

Hands on experience at various jobs involving 3GPP and Small Cells.

Dr. Kostas Konstantinou, PhD CEng Senior Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

Femtocell Modelling, Spectrum Liberalisation, HSPA, WiMAX, LTE, MATLAB, GIS, CAD

Experience:

Has been with Real Wireless since 2008 as a technology consultant providing independent consultancy for the wireless industry on previously mentioned topics.

Carried out PhD studies in collaboration with Vodafone, UK.

Has worked as Statistical Analysist for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as Commentary Systems Installer for the Athens Olympic Broadcasting Team and as Demonstrator for the University of Surrey.

Is an advanced user of various 3D modelling tools including GIS and CAD.

Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena, PhD CEng SMIEEE MIET Managing Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, IoT/M2M

Experience:

Hands on experience in mobile network design/capacity planning/economic modelling.

An in-depth understanding of current issues and technologies, grounded in 14 years of first-hand experience in working for a mobile operator, the UK communications regulator, vendors, managed-service partners, R&D and consultancy environments.

Currently Abhaya is a managing consultant at Real Wireless, where he is responsible for translating customer requirements and strategy into a project plan and subsequently delivering them to meet customer expectations.

Worked as a Principal Capacity Strategist at Three UK, where he provided leadership to cross-functional teams to deliver multi million-pound network capacity programs and explored long term strategic solutions to manage network congestion levels.

Worked as a Technical Policy Manager at Ofcom, where he represented UK/Ofcom at European/ITU regulatory meeting to maintain the UK’s national interest.

Worked as the Head of Capacity and Optimization/Principal Engineer in Ericsson and played a leading role in deploying the UK’s first HSDPA network for Three.

Abhaya is currently a Visiting Professor to the American University of Nigeria (AUN), and a training provider for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

 

Scott Kelton, MEng PRINCE2 Principal Consultant – Radio Networks

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless Technologies, Cellular, Tetra, PMR, Wi-Fi, PRINCE2

Experience:

Over a decade of experience working in the wireless telecoms industry.

While working for suppliers, Scott was responsible for the design, build, commissioning and handover of Cellular wireless technology systems.

During Scott’s work with clients such as Telefonica (UK) Ltd, he was responsible for the management and acceptance of complex network rollout projects from design inception to full deployment.

Dr. Anastasios Karousos, MSc PhD Simulation Modelling Expert

Prior to Real Wireless, Anastasios managed the Backhaul and Transmission planning product tools in TEOCO (Ex. AIRCOM Intl.)
During his tenure he oversaw the development of the new features making certain that the offered products were helping the mobile operators around the world perform their planning activities in an accurate and fair manner.

To do so he introduced a number of automatic algorithms which alleviated greatly the planning burden from the engineers.

Dr. Hassan Osman, PhD MSc Wireless Technology Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, IoT/M2M

Experience:

Involved in the design and development of a white space database (WSD) software prototype.

Worked in the Wireless Communication group at the University of Kent, where he was team leader of an EU funded project.

Has published over 15 papers in international journals, magazines and conferences.

His latest projects involved coverage, capacity and cost evaluation of 4G macro and small cells networks, LTE-LAA and Wi-Fi coexistence, RF coexistence between 4G and GSM and DECT systems, technical analysis of existing M2M technologies and independent analysis of Wi-Fi product performance based on real time measurements.

Ade Ajibulu, MA MPhil Economic and Regulatory Advice

Areas of Expertise:

Regulation, Competition Policy, Strategy, Economics, Pricing, Interconnection, Modelling

Experience:

Over 20 years’ experience in the communications sector as an economist and consultant.

He worked as a senior consultant for Analysys Limited, where he advised senior executive in a wide range of companies (e.g. wholesale carriers, ISPs and content providers, regulators and international institutions – including a secondment to the EU Commission).

His particular fields of expertise in regulation covered pricing, interconnection, network and service cost modelling and universal service policy.

Ade worked as an economist for Ofcom, where he played a key role in their landmark reforms to spectrum management, such as introducing spectrum trading and a more market based approach to allocating spectrum.

Ade was the main economist working on Ofcom’s spectrum auctions, often working at the leading edge of auction design.
Ade was also responsible for providing the key economic arguments and evidence to support Ofcom’s liberalisation of 2G spectrum and its recent assessment (March 2011) of future competition in the mobile sector.

Dr. Alejandro Aragón-Zavala, PhD MSc Wireless Technology Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless communications, Satellite systems, High-altitude platform stations (HAPS), Antenna design, Radio propagation

Experience:

As well as working as a Real Wireless associate, Alejandro is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer within the School of Science and Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro, Mexico.

He worked from 2000 to 2003 in Cellular Design Services and Red-M as a senior radio consultant and in-building design tools development engineer.

Dr Aragón-Zavala is the author of more than forty international journal and conference papers, and co-author of the 2nd edition of the book “Antennas and Propagation for Wireless communication systems” with Prof. Simon Saunders.

He is also the author of the book “High-altitude platform systems for wireless communications”, published in late 2008 by Wiley. He has a new book, “Indoor Wireless Communications”, which is to be published late 2016.

Becky Stuttard, BA MSc Economic and Business Strategy Advice

Areas of Expertise:

Economics, Spectrum Policy, Regulations, Strategy

Experience:

Over last decade has been a central figure in the development of Ofcom’s spectrum policy.

Associate consultant at RW and other organisations, providing specialist advice on economic, regulatory and strategy issues faced by users of radio spectrum.

Her work included the development of a strategy for managing radio spectrum over the next 5-10 years, responsibility for developing solutions to the problem of mobile not-spots and shaping Ofcom’s approach to the long-term management of the UHF spectrum.

Has experience of working in both regulatory and consultancy environments, and is experienced at directing the work of large multi-disciplinary teams.

Previously held roles in economics and strategic advice at NERA, Andersen and OXERA.

Caroline Gabriel, MA Market Research and Telecoms Industry Analyst

Areas of Expertise:

Marketing, Analysis, Wireless technologies, Broadband technologies, B2B

Experience:

Has been reporting, researching and analysing telecoms and technology industries for 30 years, and since 2000 has specialised in wireless and broadband technologies, business models and operator deployment plans.

Co-founder of Rethink Technology Research, a leader in forecasting, research and thought leadership in the wireless and mobile arena.

Career included posts as European Content Director, and Operations Director (Online Business) at VNU, at the time the largest publisher of technology research and B2B content in Europe.

Worked on numerous research and advisory projects for a wide range of industry clients including operators, vendors and the finance community.

Brings deep contacts within mobile, Wi-Fi and vertical market network operators on a global basis, and the ability to survey them in-depth about their technology investment plans.

Caroline has one of the largest databases of information related to operator deployments of cellular and Wi-Fi access networks including pre-5G plans.

Clients have included Intel, Qualcomm, Vodafone, Amdocs, Small Cell Forum, InterDigital, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, Samsung, NTT and many others

Charles Brookson, CEng FIET MInstSP Mobile Security Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

Mobile security, GSM, Public key, Cryptography, International policies and standards

Experience:

Currently chairs the GSM Association Security Group, having been in the role for over 20 years.

In 1986 he chaired the Algorithm Expert Group of GSM and is a regular attendee of 3GPP. Until recently, Charles spent 5 years with ENISA, an EC organisation charged with security, where he was on the Director General’s advisory group (PSG).

He also chairs the ETSI OCG Security Group and runs an annual ETSI Security Workshop.

Charles worked iwthin BIS, a UK Government Department, responsible for Technical Standards, for 12 years.

His past experience was as Head of Security for one2one and T-Mobile, a UK operator, and before that 20 years in BT with many years of security experience with the final few years in a senior position in the BT Chairman’s Office.

Damian Bevan, MEng (Hons) CEng Wireless System Analysis

Areas of Expertise:

RRH, LTE, Modelling, Antenna Signal Processing, Matlab, Python

Experience:

Worked extrensively in forefront of advanced wireless systems tech, initially within Nortel’s Wireless Technology Laboratories and latterly for Aceaxis and Real Wireless.

Aceaxis is a vendor of cellular infrastructure and testing products, primarily relating to Remote Radio Heads (RRH) for LTE wireless Base Stations.

Specialises in development and modelling of novel wireless signal processing algorithms including nonlinear interference detection and suppression, adaptive antenna signal processing and MIMO, adaptive modulation and coding, forward error correction etc.

Has developed various wireless link and network modelling tools such as:

  1. RW ‘WaLT’ tool, which carries out event-based simulation of coexistence between LTE and Wi-Fi for Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
  2. Congestion modelling for intelligent prioritisation and scheduling of packets on a shared wireless link with multiple traffic types and QoS classes,
  3. UE state-machine simulation for handover decisions in the LTE downlink,
  4. Phased arrays, MIMO and interference cancellation
  5. Base Station deployment (e.g. antenna radiation patterns, tilts etc. in 3D)

Damian has authored or co-authored 25 open publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, conference/ seminar proceedings, project final reports and standards submissions, and has around 25 patents either granted or pending.

Daniel Bradford, MEng CEng MIET Communications and Signal Processing Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Signal processing, Wireless communications, GSM, SatCom, Microwave Backhaul, UMTS, HSPA, LTE, Product Development, Matlab, Verilog, C, C++, VHDL

Experience:

Nearly 15 years of experience working in the area of signal processing and wireless communications.

Previously held team leadership and line management roles. Most notably at Airvana Daniel was the Physical Layer Team Leader.

He was responsible for the management of up to 20 team members, and amongst other projects successfully delivered a WCDMA physical layer from scratch in less than 9 months.

Elaine French, MRICS Dip Arch Commercial Property Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Real Estate, Legal Strategy, Legal

Experience:

Elaine is a specialist commercial property consultant working in relation to the often complex implications of the use of real estate by the mobile telecommunications sector.

Has worked as a consultant for Real Wireless advising upon the commercial and legal strategies with respect to mobile installations for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club amongst others.

Practicing Chartered Surveyor since 1985 working for 15 years within the private sector, developing a detailed understanding of the commercial and legal concerns of the property market, subsequently specialising within the telecommunications sector since 2000.

Advises upon business development, creating opportunities and new business models in tandem with the property sector.

Delivers innovative projects and works on large-scale initiatives, exclusively on behalf of property owners, advising upon all aspects of the telecommunications market including the development of new opportunities for income generation, landlord and tenant issues, the legal implications of the Telecommunications Code and the delivery of mobile coverage across major new urban regeneration schemes.

Advises upon the creation of a telecommunications property portfolio, negotiating the commercial and legal transactions and thereafter how a property company can successfully manage the created asset.

Elaine has extensive experience of working alongside development teams in securing vacant possession where required to allow for development and/or the management of the apparatus throughout the development process, including the relocation or reintegration of equipment within the new build.

Elaine offers pragmatic commercial solutions in response to what has often proved to be a challenging market, resolving areas of contention and mitigating risk during negotiations with the licensed mobile operators. 

Iain Sharp, MA CEng MIET Wireless Core Network Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

GSM, UMTS, LTE, Mobile Data, Multimedia, Voice, ETSI, 3GPP

Experience:

Started during development of GSM Phase 1 in 1990 and has been an active contributor to ETSI and 3GPP standards ever since.

Served 4 years as vice-chair of the 3GPP Core Networks and Terminals Plenary.

Closely involved in many of the developments of the 3GPP tech family including CAMEL, GPRS, UMTS Core, IMS and LTE Core.

Contributed to product roadmap development for leading vendors and solution design for mobile operators.

Holds several patents in mobile systems technology.

Ian Miller, MEng CEng FIET Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor

Areas of Expertise:

Cellular Radio Networks, Implementation, Strategy, 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, IoT, M2M, 5G

Experience:

Over 25 years in the Mobile Telecoms Industry from a career working with mobile operators.

Most recently Ian was Director of Radio Access Networks in Telefonica‘s Global Technology team reporting to the GCTO where he was responsible for mobile radio network development and strategy across the group.

Experience with vendor RFQ & selection, license bid support, spectrum, new technology & feature evaluation (inc IoT/M2M, 5G), standards & industry fora representation, strategy & business case development, specialised coverage solutions, small cells and network sharing.

Ian began his career at BT Labs where he undertook a range of wireless projects which included a period of secondment at GSM start-up Smartone in Hong Kong and Airtel in Spain.

Then moved to BT Cellnet working in the Radio department, before transferring to O2 Group to establish and lead a multi-country radio design and strategy team.

Continued with this role whilst also returning to lead the Radio Engineering team in O2UK where he was responsible for the design of the 2G and 3G radio networks.

A few years after Telefonica purchased O2 he was asked to join the GCTO team to lead the mobile access activities across the group.

Ian Vance, MBE MSc FREng FIET Strategic Technical and Business Advice

Areas of Expertise:

Mobile security, GSM, Public key, Cryptography, International Policies and Standards

Experience:

Ian works with Real Wireless to deliver technology strategy, management and due diligence services.

Background as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Nortel PLC, responsible for all Nortel products in European markets.

38 years’ experience of the mobile radio, photonics and semiconductors industry.

Best known for his innovative design of the worlds’ first ‘professional’ radio on a silicon chip, which is used in radiopaging.

Patented Time Division Duplex (TDD), now a technique used throughout the world.

Formerly president of the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI) and is now the project monitor for the HipNet project, a large consortium under Ericsson’s leadership building an NGN All-IP Test-Bed of a complete telecoms network.

He also acts as Chief Technical Advisor and Non-Executive Director to On-Communications Ltd. He has extensive experience of due diligence work for some 12 leading VC groups.

Ilya Averin, PhD Wireless Systems Analyst

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless Systems, Matlab, Labview, Mathcad, Excel, Antennas, IoT

Experience:

Began his career at Mera Networks as a wireless system engineer. The team Ilya worked within Mera Networks was responsible for projects in the interests of Nortel’s Wireless Technology Laboratories.

Under that role, Ilya was in charge of solving complex engineering problems (e.g. analysing wireless system performance) through abstracted conceptual models, mathematical analysis and computer simulation/visualization.

Since 2013 Ilya has been working with University of Nizhny Novgorod and currently he specialises in development and modelling of novel smart antenna techniques (including Phased Arrays, MIMO, SDMA, SON, Interference Cancellation etc.).

Ilya has authored or co-authored around 20 open publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and conference/ seminar proceedings.

He also has 2 patents granted.

Julius Robson, MSc BEng (Hons) Wireless Technology Consultant

Areas of Expertise:

Emerging technology, Small Cells, Microwave, Optoelectronics, Wireless technology, Fixed Wireless Access, Wi-Fi, LTE, WiMAX, 3GPP, RAN4

Experience:

At the 2013 Small Cell Forum Industry Awards he was presented with the Chairman’s award for his contribution to small cell backhaul.

Worked in Nortel’s wireless technology laboratories, developing products and IPR for a wide range of wireless applications including Fixed Wireless Access, municipal WiFi mesh networks and MIMO-OFDM and SON technologies for LTE and WiMAX.

Went on to become Nortel’s standards delegate in 3GPP RAN1 (Physical Layer) , RAN4 (RF performance).

Enjoys working in cross-industry collaborations, and has held a number of leadership roles across a variety of organisations: He is currently Chair of the Small Cell Forum’s Steering Committee as well as the Backhaul Group.

Previously led groups within the NGMN Alliance defining widely adopted requirements for mobile backhaul.

In 2007 he was chair of the LTE/SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI), stimulating an early ecosystem around the then fledgling LTE.

Is a regular speaker, panelist and session chair at key industry events, and his industry groups have published a number of white papers which enjoy wide circulation.

Julius works for a range of clients and projects with Real Wireless, including Ofcom, TfL and Cisco and legal firms dealing with IPR disputes.

John Stephens, PRINCE2 Project Manager

Areas of Expertise:

PRINCE2, 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, PMR, RF Repeaters, DAS

Experience:

Over 30 years’ international field and management experience in the wireless industry delivering high quality services and engaging with customers at senior level.
A broad range of practical operations experience in project management, installation, commissioning, configuration, optimisation and path profiling of radio transmission links.
Was a project manager at Blu-wan, where he was actively engaged in the planning and deployment of point-multipoint systems

Prior to that he was director of systems engineering at 4RF communications.
Held a role as a system test manager with many year’s experience in the formal RF compliance testing and performance measurement of microwave backhaul links in a lab environment.

Ken Ng, MSc CEng MIET Radio Propagation and Cellular Planning Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Radio Communications, Project Implementation, Propagation, GSM, Microwave

Experience:

Ken has been working in the wireless telecommunications for 35 years of which 13 years with Cable and Wireless and then 22 years with T-Mobile.

Conducted many propagation studies resulting in models for business applications covering rain attenuation at Ku band to 1800MHz propagation in various environments; outdoor and indoor.

Was responsible for the propagation models and link budget while working with T-Mobile in addition to the development and operation of an in-house planning tool for the GSM1800 network planning and optimization.

At Cable and Wireless, worked on microwave and troposcatter links design and implementation, and produced system specifications such as a CT2 based public telephone system.

At T-Mobile he was a Special Project manager responsible for RAN tasks not following the standard network planning processes such as trials of new technologies, confined space systems and the provision of coverage information to both the regulator and customers.

Worked on the first large scale radio over fibre system in all the terminals of Heathrow, multi-operator high capacity system in the new Wembley Stadium, and many indoor system in public venues.

In-house expert on coverage, in particular on Ofcom Business.

Wealth of experience working with other internal and external operators and agents.

Editor of JOTS (Joint Operator Technical Specification) which has become the industry standard for shared indoor systems.

Technical lead representing the UK operators in the Eurotunnel mobile system projects.

Len Schuch, BBA Finance Small Cell Strategy Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Small Cells, Strategy, Finance, Business Development

Experience:

Co-Founder and Vice President of Ubiquisys, a pioneer and world leader in Small Cell technology which was sold to Cisco in 2013 for over $300m

Led the company as its Founding CEO to raise the seed and A’ round and subsequently acted as VP Business Development where he achieved the first major sales for the company in Japan.

Since leaving Ubiquisys, Len has acted as an advisor to start-ups and corporate clients, with a major corporate client being Colt Technology Services where he developed and launched the world’s first Neutral Host Femto solution, “Femto as a Service”.

Prior to founding Ubiquisys, Len gained his telecom experience with several operators.

He was the Launch Director for the Mobile Operator start-up in Luxembourg for Orange. Before this he worked for Vodafone, managing the Vodafone Ventures Fund, which invested in wireless technology start-ups.

Len started in telecoms with British Telecom where he was part of the M&A team first based in London covering deals across Europe and subsequently based out of Singapore covering the Asia market.

Prior to entering the telecoms industry, Len started in Finance, where he was responsible for investment portfolios specialising in early stage international companies.

Professor Les Barclay, OBE FREng Radiowave Propagation and Spectrum Regulation Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Radiowave, Radiowave propagation, Spectrum Regulation, Home Regulations

Experience:

A distinguished and widely recognised professional in fields of radiowave propagation and spectrum regulation with a wealth of experience.

Former Deputy Director for Research and Radio Technology for the UK Radio communications Agency (now Ofcom), managing the Agency’s research programme.

Chaired the first Radiocommunication Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union in 1993.

Former chairman of CCIR Study Group 6 (ionospheric propagation) from 1978-1993, and chairman of ITU-R Study Group 3 (all radiowave propagation) from 1993 to 1997. He is now vice chairman of the ITU-R co-ordinating Committee for Vocabulary.

Has participated in various world radiocommunication conferences as a UK delegate.

In 2000 he participated as an expert member in the government-appointed Independent Expert Group on the Safety of Mobile Phones (the Stewart committee), and is now vice chairman of the programme management committee for research projects in this area.

Is a visiting professor at the universities of Surrey and Lancaster, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Malcolm Hamer, BSc MIET Propagation Modelling Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Propagation prediction, Antennas, Satellite/Terrestrial fixed links, 3G, WiMAX, Propagation Algorithms

Experience:

20 years’ distinguished career with BT, where he acted as a subject matter expert on propagation prediction techniques and antennas with applicability to terrestrial and satellite fixed links, and to mobile systems for 3G and WiMAX.

A leading specialist in the understanding and development of new propagation algorithms for incorporation into several of the Radio Recommendations maintained by Study Group 3 of the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva.

He created a number of new algorithms to correct shortcomings in several of the ITU Recommendations.

Having demonstrated a new propagation model for over sea earth station coordination which was incorporated into Appendix 7 of the Radio Regulations, he was then awarded a contract by the UK Radiocommunications Agency (now Ofcom) to work on two further aspects of Recommendations causing problems both of which required a rapid solution.

Completely reworked the propagation curve families in a new recommendation, P.1546, into functional forms which enabled the Regional Radio Conference to endorse it as the method for re-planning digital VHF and UHF Services in Europe.

Developed a new algorithm to remove some serious anomalies present in ITU-R P.452, clearing the way for it to become the foundation for the new P.1812 Recommendation.

Mike Goddard, OBE BSc CEng FIET International Spectrum Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise:

Spectrum planning, Wireless Communications, Spectrum Reviews, Strategy, Spectrum Reform

Experience:

40 years’ experience in spectrum planning nationally and internationally in the UK administration.

Was a member of the Radiocommunications Agency’s senior management team and was acting Chief Executive of the Agency when its functions were transferred to Ofcom.

Was a member of the Radiocommunications Agency’s senior management team and was acting Chief Executive of the Agency when its functions were transferred to Ofcom.

Mike was Director, Spectrum and International Policy, in the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Ofcom. His responsibilities included the development of the UK’s overall spectrum allocation policy, with particular emphasis on the interface with government departments, and developing and representing the UK’s position in relevant international fora.

Represented Ofcom on the UK Government’s high-level Spectrum Strategy Committee and chaired several of the supporting groups

His involvement in international work dates back to 1972 and he has been involved in major ITU conferences since 1977. He led the UK delegation to ITU World Radio Conferences from 1987 to 2007, and to the Regional Radiocommuncations Conference on Digital Broadcasting in 2006.

He was the first chairman of the European Radiocommunications Committee of CEPT, during which time he was responsible for setting up the European Radiocommunications Office in Copenhagen.

He has chaired numerous other international meetings including the regulatory committee of WRC-95, the ITU’s Radio Advisory Group (from its creation for 7 years), and the European Union’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group.

Advised the Indian Government on spectrum management strategy (as part of an RSI International contract), participated in many bilateral meetings with other regulators from throughout the World discussing approaches to spectrum regulation, and given keynote addresses to spectrum management conferences in Europe and the USA.

He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to technology, in recognition of a distinguished career in the public service and representing the UK’s interests internationally.

Mike Smith, PhD Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor

Areas of Expertise:

Mobile Network Technology, Design, Implementation & Strategy. LTE, 2G, 3G, & IoT/M2M to 5G.

Experience:

Leading Telefonica Global LTE activities as part of Global CTO Office.
Established first Telefonica LTE lab and field trials across 6 countries followed by subsequent rollout across the entire Telefonica footprint.

Experience in areas such as vendor RFQ and selection, vendor management, network and feature design, license bid support, spectrum, standards and industry fora representation.
BT Labs and O2 group working with mobile networks and wireless technologies.

Dr. Olasunkanmi Durowoju, PhD PRINCE2 ITILv3 Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor

Areas of Expertise:

Cellular Radio Networks, Implementation, Strategy, 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, IoT, M2M, 5G, Matlab, Wireless Technology, Radio Propagation, Modelling, Optimization Equipment

Experience:

Worked within the Cisco’s small cell technology group as part of a high level multi-disciplinary forward looking team involved in the development of 3G and 4G Radio Resource Management (RRM) algorithms/techniques for intelligent small cells and performing on air evaluation/shielded box testing of solutions to final feature implementation.

Developed Self Organising Network capabilities (SON) i.e. Mobility load balancing, Mobility robustness optimisation, Automatic neighbour/PCI relations etc. for Cisco small cell products in residential and enterprise networks.

Developed Self Organising Network capabilities (SON) i.e. Mobility load balancing, Mobility robustness optimisation, Automatic neighbour/PCI relations etc. for Cisco small cell products in residential and enterprise networks. Tools used include Matlab, Python, Linux etc Expertise in radio propagation modelling and prediction (using Asset, Atoll, dB Planner, Matlab etc.). Fully proficient in set-up, calibration, utilization, and data processing of various design and optimisation equipment and software (Nemo, XCAL/XCAP, TEMs, Anritsu spectrum master, iBwave). Designing, provisioning, and testing of UMTS/LTE network systems (i.e. integration of H(e)NodeBs with other network elements such as HNBGW, SeGW, OSS platforms and other core network elements for UMTS and LTE.

Prior to Cisco, worked as a research fellow at the University of Surrey where he undertook research on FP7 EU Project QoSMOS

Ola is also the co-author of a range of publications related to spectrum management and sensing.

Richard Thanki, MA (Oxon) Economic Advisor

Areas of Expertise:

Economics, Public Policy, Analysis, Spectrum, Modelling

Experience:

Formerly with Perspective Associates and with the UK communications regulator, Ofcom.

At Perspective, he played pivotal roles in two major spectrum projects. He acted as Kip Meek’s deputy throughout his tenure as the UK government’s Independent Spectrum Broker. He led the economic analysis and was architect of the major mechanisms used to ensure a mutually acceptable outcome in these complex negotiations, while also assisting Kip in all discussions with stakeholders.

The study was commissioned by Microsoft, and influenced thinking in regulatory, policy and commercial circles.

Rich was previously a senior associate economist and modeler at Ofcom, where he had deep involvements with a wide range of projects.

Was lead economist on the UK’s ‘digital dividend’ project, where he worked on complex auction design and comprehensive economic value assessment.

Rupert Baines, BSEE MBA FIET Technology Strategy & Marketing

Areas of Expertise:

Marketing, Strategy, Product Management, 4G, LTE, 5G

Experience:

Most recently staff the position of VP of Strategic Marketing at Mindspeed, following the acquisition of Picochip where he had been VP of marketing. Here he was responsible for strategy, roadmap, product management and defined and led the industry standard technology solution for small cells.

Rupert was one of the founders of the Small Cell Forum, was elected to the board 2007-2013 and chaired the Marketing Working Group. In that role he directed activities on business plan, primary consumer research and the Forum’s Release program.

Previously Rupert worked at Analog Devices in the USA, where he pioneered DSL chipsets and took them to market leadership.
He has also worked for operators (CLECs Atlantic Telecom & first::telecom), responsible for new product launches and strategy; for a Venture Capital Fund and for technology strategy consultancy Arthur D Little.

Simon Jones RF Systems Expert

Areas of Expertise:
WiFi, Tetra and PMR systems, 2G, 3G, 4G

Experience:

  • Simon has over 30 years experience in the design, development and implementation of complex communication and control equipment from cellular phones to large fixed radio installations
  • Simon is a skilled RF engineer with in depth knowledge of numerous radio technologies based upon real world, experience. Specific areas of expertise include RF In – Building Coverage solutions for Cellular, WiFi, Tetra and PMR systems, GSM-R tunnel solutions, RF Health and Safety, Development of Intrinsically Safe equipment for hazardous areas, 2G,3G,4G communications systems, Ptp and Laser radio links.
  • Simon has been directly responsible for the design and production of a large and diverse range of electronic products including Motorola 2 Way radio equipment, Radio Paging equipment, Mine Shaft communication and safety control systems, Ruggedised radio equipment for oil rig locations, Train WiFi systems, and Low Power Solar Powered RF repeater equipment.
  • Simon is well known for his practical ‘Hands On’ approach with his years working as a product design engineer for companies such as Sony Ericsson, and Motorola enabling him to develop and fault find equipment and systems down to component level
  • Simon is particularly I.T. literate and has also written many software applications including RF survey measurement and data post processing routines.
  • Simon was also the co founder of AIB wireless a successful Wireless Consultancy company responsible for the design and deployment of numerous RF coverage systems for Shopping Centres, Airports and Transport companies including Network Rail.
Simon Saunders, PhD CEng FIET Co-Founder and Shareholder

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless Technology and Communications

Experience:

Simon founded Real Wireless along with Mark Keenan in 2007 and acted as Director of Technology until December 2015. He has now moved on to a role with Google and is no longer involved in the day-to-day business.

Simon is an independent specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Philips and Motorola) and academia (University of Surrey).

As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless, he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction.

He is also an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin. Simon is an author of over 150 publications including two books.

He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi and British Land and was CTO of Red-M and CEO of Cellular Design Services Ltd and has acted as an expert witness in legal proceedings in England and the US.

Simon speaks and chairs a wide range of international conferences and training courses and has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies. Particular expertise includes in-building wireless systems, radiowave propagation prediction, smart antenna design and mobile system analysis.

He has served on technical advisory boards of several companies, was Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey, member of the industrial advisory board at University College London, founding chairman of Small Cell Forum (formerly Femto Forum), which he chaired from 2007-12 and a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board from 2007-14. He was awarded the “Small Cell Innovation Leadership” award in 2013.

Stephen Priestman, BSc CEng MIET ARCM Wireless Regulation and Policy Associate

Areas of Expertise:

Spectrum management, Regulations, Government affairs

Experience:

Stephen has gained significant experience in the fields of research, broadcast and telecoms engineering, regulation and public policy.

Most recently, he served as chairman of the Small Cell Forum’s regulatory group from 2010 to 2015 and has also supported clients in the field of spectrum regulation for satellites and for broadband communications to aircraft.

Until early 2009, Stephen was a senior manager in Vodafone’s Group Public Policy department, with responsibility for coordinating radio spectrum policy across the worldwide Vodafone group of companies and engaging with regulatory and policy making bodies on spectrum issues, particularly in Europe.

Prior to that, he was Director of Telecoms within the UK Sector Skills Council for IT and Telecoms, and also spent a number of years with Alcatel Telecom, where he was a member of the UK’s Broadband Stakeholder Group.

During the late 1990′s he was Director of European Regulatory Affairs for Alcatel’s ‘SkyBridge’ broadband satellite project, where he played a major role in achieving SkyBridge’s regulatory objectives at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Several years within the UK Radiocommunications Agency (later subsumed into Ofcom).

Managed the RA unit responsible for space services, encompassing licensing, technical studies and international coordination activities. In this position, he acted as head of UK delegation to numerous European and ITU level meetings on space service matters.

He was chairman of the UK committee which prepared UK positions on science service issues for ITU meetings, including World Radiocommunication Conferences, as well as being lead spokesman for the UK on telecommunication satellite service matters.

His early career in broadcast engineering research and development had a focus on radio frequency techniques and satellite transmission.

Dr. Tim Brown, PhD BEng MIET Intelligent Antennas for Wireless Communications

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless communications, Satellite systems, High-altitude platform stations (HAPS), Antenna design, Radio propagation

Experience:

As well as work with Real Wireless where he is an expert in engineering design, testing and research for wireless communications systems, Tim is an academic in mobile communications at the University of Surrey. This is home of the 5G Innovation Centre where he is pursuing projects in radio propagation and novel antenna solutions for a wide range of applications from the HF band through to mmWave frequencies.

His experience in intelligent antennas includes work in a world-renowned team in Aalborg University, Denmark.

He regularly teaches and directs MSc programmes in RF and Microwave Engineering while also he has great involvement in a number of industrial short courses for continuing professional development.

Tim has authored several journal papers and his book, “A practical guide to the MIMO radio channel”, is now available.

Dr. William Webb, BEng MBA DSc DTech CEng FREng FIET FIEEE Wireless Expert

Areas of Expertise:

Wireless technology, Regulations

Experience:

Currently CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology.

Was President of the IET – Europe’s largest Professional Engineering body during 2014/15.

Was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei in 2014 for $25m.

Was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit.

Led some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy.

Worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development.

Spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago.

William has published 14 books, over 100 papers, and 18 patents.

He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey and Southampton Universities, an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, a Board member of Cambridge Wireless, a member of the Science Advisory Council at DCMS, other oversight Boards and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET.

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