London UK, 18th November 2015 – Leading independent wireless advisory Real Wireless has recruited Simon Fletcher as chief technology officer.
Simon joins Real Wireless from NEC Telecom Modus and brings an impressive range of experience to the role, particularly in team management and strategic business development. The appointment comes as two new recruits also join the business. Dr. Raymond Kwan joins the company’s technology practice from Cisco (Ubiquisys), and John Stephens joins the deployment and lifecycle practice, drawing on his background in wireless system rollouts and planning at CommScope and Bluwan.
As CTO, Simon will take overall technical responsibility across the company as a part of the management team. Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion, Simon brings an enviable network of contacts to Real Wireless alongside a proven ability to lead teams in delivering technical projects while identifying and meeting new strategic goals for the wider business. His long standing association with the UK innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of knowledge on the application of stratetgic research through open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. In recent times his focus has been on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030.
“Simon is a talented and knowledgeable professional and a perfect fit for the company,” said Real Wireless CEO Mark Keenan. “In addition to assuming technical responsibility across the company, he will join as a member of Real Wireless’s newly strengthened management team. Here his leadership skills, detailed knowledge of sustainability strategy, and emerging technology insights will come together to help further build on the strength of the business, identify new potential value areas, and drive forward future growth.”
Simon Fletcher said: “As demand for wireless products and services continues to enjoy massive growth thanks to the 4G rollout, 5G development and the Internet of Things, to mention but a few areas, it’s a great time to be joining Real Wireless. The business has a great history of adding value to all parts of the wireless industry and end user eco-system, and I look forward to helping the company achieve its growth ambitions while building relationships with all of our existing and future customers.”
Simon spent the past 20 years working in the design and development of technical telecoms infrastructure. Beginning his career in technology demonstrators at Racal Radar Defence Systems, he moved to Telecoms Modus in 1999 to play a key role in the development of 3G products and in 2006 he established a core architecture team that helped develop the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI), a global forum with a mission to assure the early adoption of LTE. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) defining early C-RAN concepts brings great foresight on an important architectural element of emerging 5G architectures.
About Real Wireless
Real Wireless delivers independent, informed and innovative advisory services in every aspect of wireless, from the technical to the commercial. The company works with mobile operators, governments, venues, building owners, vendors and regulators to bridge technical and commercial domains to help its clients get the best from wireless. With experts in every aspect of wireless and a proven track record, Real Wireless is one of the world’s leading wireless advisory firms. Its clients include Ofcom, Wembley Stadium, The ECB, BAA, The European Commission, major network operators, vendors and many others.
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