Real expertiseWireless experts
Our experts include engineers, physicists, economists, security advisors, business strategists and deployment specialists in all aspects of wireless. 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
Mark has worked in the wireless telecoms industry since 1992. Co-founder of Real Wireless, he took over as CEO in Autumn 2015, he is overseeing the development and growth of the business whilst maintaining the independent position created that allows Real Wireless to bridge the gap between the wireless industry and wireless users. Extensive 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. He provides strategic and technical advice to a variety of clients in different business sectors to help them understand how wireless technology can benefit their business and how best to achieve that.
Simon Fletcher, MEng MBA MIoD MIET Chief Technology Officer
Simon has the overall technical responsibility across the company. He 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.
Simon is a regular speaker at industry events and is chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion. His long standing association with the UK innovation eco-system, as a director of mVCE, member the UK5G Advisory Board and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN, brings a wealth of knowledge on the application of strategic research through open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon's technical focus is on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030 and sustainability strategy.
Oliver Bosshard, MSc MBA MIET Chief Operating Officer
Oliver oversees operations at Real Wireless, bringing over 20 years of international telecoms experience in technical, commercial, advisory and leadership roles to the team. He is overseeing our projects, their budgets and ensures all internal processes run smooth. Given his background and interest, his focus is often on wireless terrestrial projects, inbuilding solutions, and railway coverage, involving 2G-5G, Wi-Fi, TETRA and ESN technologies. In the last 3 years, Oliver has worked on projects for the European Commission, the UK Government (DfT, DCMS, Ofcom, NIC) and other international regulatory bodies, assessing future technologies, spectrum regulation and the impact of coverage obligations.
Oliver is a frequent speaker at industry events, an advisory board member at two start-up companies and a university guest lecturer.
In his earlier career, Oliver was CTO at FWA provider Luminet (where he executed the first post-auction spectrum trade in the UK), held senior positions at a DAS/IBW vendor and a mmWave OEM (where his product creation won industry awards) and he pioneered railway coverage at Orange Switzerland (delivering over 200 km multi-operator tunnel coverage).
John Okas, BSc ACGI DMS Strategic Wireless Business Consultant
John has many years’ experience in the wireless industry with both equipment vendors (Motorola, ComDev & Racal) and operators (including NTL – now Arqiva). He has held senior positions in the broadcasting infrastructure sector and has 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. He is skilled at engaging with engineers at all levels in order to assess the complex engineering challenges and risks faced by stakeholders and 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
At Real Wireless Julie specialises in the techno-economic assessment of wireless networks and is a thought leader in this area for 5G architectures. Most recently Julie has been part of the Real Wireless team providing the commercial and socio-economic assessment of 5G network architectures within the European Commission 5G NORMA and 5G MoNArch projects.
Notably Julie also 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.
Julie was also heavily involved in the Real Wireless technical analysis that was published alongside and supported Ofcom’s consultations on the combined award of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
Previously, she was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK.
Dr. Kostas Konstantinou, PhD CEng MIET Senior Consultant
Kostas has been with Real Wireless since 2008 providing independent consultancy for the wireless industry on network, propagation and antenna modelling. He published a book on propagation tools for street-level telecommunication links.
Kostas is a MATLAB and simulation enthusiast. He is an advanced user and developer of GIS, CAD and 3D model tools.
Kostas was involved in assessing the cost of a new nationwide mobile network operator. He implemented the tool that Ofcom verifies against potential white space database providers. He was in charge of a multi-server computational puzzle to assess potential benefits of rural small cells. His simulation work was the basis for Ofcom’s 4G coverage obligation verification methodology. He understands the wireless network aspirations of city councils, rail and aviation industry, and sports stadia.
Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena, PhD CEng SMIEEE MIET Managing Consultant
Abhaya is a leader with a strategic approach with hands on experience in mobile network design, capacity/coverage planning and commercial modelling.
Currently Abhaya leads teams to deliver strategic projects, for example, modelling 5G use cases and 5G spectrum benefit analysis for MNOs and regulators.
Previously Abhaya was Principal Capacity Strategist at 3UK, where he provided leadership to cross-functional teams to deliver multi-million pound network capacity programs and investigated long term strategic solutions to manage network congestion levels. He was also Technical Policy Manager at Ofcom, where he played an influential role on maintaining UK propositions and developing policies on mobile spectrum. Previous to that he was Head of Capacity and Opimisation/Principal Engineer at Ericsson, providing leadership to drive a highly performing team to deploy the UK’s first HSDPA network.
Abhaya has a PhD in Mobile Systems from University of Surrey and secured two patent rights
Scott Kelton, MEng PRINCE2 Principal Consultant – Radio Networks
Scott has more than 10 years experience of 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 MIET Managing Consultant
Anastasios Karousos has an extensive experience and understanding in the challenges of network development and evolution, affected by the diverse and challenging propagation phenomena and the economic aspects of existing and new technologies. He has worked on a number of diverse projects, ranging from the impact of license coverage obligations for regulators to the implications of mobile coverage on transport corridors. He has a deep knowledge and keen interest in modelling the complex propagation phenomena and wide understanding of wireless networks, such as UMTS, LTE, as well as microwave, optical and IP/MPLS/Ethernet networks.
Prior to joining Real Wireless, Anastasios was managing the Backhaul and Transmission planning product tool in TEOCO (ex. AIRCOM International), which was one of the leading products in the market. During his tenure there, 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 efficient manner.
Anastasios holds a doctorate degree from University of Surrey, where he studied the propagation of UWB signals in the environment and a degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece.
Dr. Hassan Osman, MSc PhD Wireless Technology Consultant
Currently based in the Middle East, Hassan is responsible for building strong relationships with current and future customers in the region. Hassan is experienced in managing cutting edge wireless projects that require a high level of technical and analytical knowledge as well as a high level of dedication and rigor.
Hassan is a Senior Wireless Technology Expert with deep knowledge of advanced wireless communication systems including 3G/4G/5G, Wi-Fi and IoT/M2M systems.
His latest projects have involved detailed evaluations of coverage, capacity and costs for heterogeneous wireless 4G and 5G networks. Hassan was involved in simulation and modelling of LTE networks, LTE-LAA and Wi-Fi coexistence, LWA and LWIP technologies. Hassan has also carried out high level design of Wi-Fi network and independent analysis of Wi-Fi products.
Hassan has published over 15 papers in international journals, magazines and conferences, he has also filed one patent. Hassan obtained his PhD in Wireless Communications from the University of Kent (UK).
Anthony Dunne, BEng MIET Managing Consultant
Anthony has over 30 years of Telecommunication System engineering ranging from customer engagement & requirements capture, though system design to deployment & optimisation & onto in-life support. Technology specialties include: Small Cells, LTE, GSM, GSM-R, TETRA, MPT1327, PMR, In-building, DAS, Tunnel propagation, Radiating Cable, RF over Fiber, Radio Propagation & coverage modeling, Coverage Solutions, System & Network Design.
Anthony holds a 1st Class degree in BEng (Hons), Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He is APM, ITIL & IOSH certificated. Anthony has worked with numerous Manufacturer & industry courses including: Radio Planning & Optimisation (Planet, Aircom & ICS Telecom), DAMM TETRA Designers, Britecell Design, I&C, LGCell Design, I&C, UNIX System Administration & Sheffield University Rail Short Course.
Ade Ajibulu, MA MPhil Economic and Regulatory Advice
Ade has 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, MSc PhD Wireless Technology Expert
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
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
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.
Damian Bevan, MEng CEng Wireless System Analysis
Damian has worked extensively in the 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:
- RW ‘WaLT’ tool, which carries out event-based simulation of coexistence between LTE and Wi-Fi for Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
- Congestion modelling for intelligent prioritisation and scheduling of packets on a shared wireless link with multiple traffic types and QoS classes,
- UE state-machine simulation for handover decisions in the LTE downlink,
- Phased arrays, MIMO and interference cancellation
- 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
Daniel has over 15 years of experience working in the area of signal processing and wireless communications. Daniel has 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.
David Mack-Smith, MA Business Case and Policy Expert
David is an expert in business case development, the analysis of the socio-economic benefits associated with digital infrastructure and services, and the development of public policy. His previous assignments include leading the UK Broadband Impact Study for DCMS, and an assessment of the economic benefits of improved mobile coverage and performance for the Scottish Government.
He brings over 25 years’ experience in the digital arena. He started his career at BT, progressing from research engineer to product manager to corporate strategist. Moving into consultancy, he was a Senior Consultant in Analysys’s wireless group, and then a Director at SQW, a leading socio-economic development consultancy where he led the digital policy practice for 13 years.
Elaine French, MRICS Dip Arch Commercial Property Expert
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
Iain started during development of GSM Phase 1 in 1990 and has been an active contributor to ETSI and 3GPP standards ever since. Iain has 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
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.
He 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. Ian 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 is now an independent wireless consultant supporting several companies on wireless network strategy, spectrum, technologies and business development.
Ilya Averin, PhD Wireless Systems Analyst
Ilya 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, BEng MSc Wireless Technology Consultant
At the 2013 Small Cell Forum Industry Awards Julius was presented with the Chairman’s award for his contribution to small cell backhaul. Julius has 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.
Julius became 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
John has 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.
As a project manager at Blu-wan, John 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
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.
Mathieu Boué-Lahorgue, MSc Wireless Technology Consultant
Mathieu has more than 15 years of experience in the wireless industry, working for a leading manufacturer, Nortel and a major fixed and mobile operator in France, SFR. Mathieu has strong technical skills. He contributed to the standardization of LTE, representing Nortel at 3GPP meeting for layer 2 protocols. Later, he was a technical lead at SFR , in charge of small cells and mobile terminals engineering.
Mathieu has also successfully managed multi million euro projects (introduction and deployment of a new Femtocell network, replacement of the FemtoGW vendor by another one, introduction of a new femtocell device vendor). Mathieu has prepared and executed 3 RFQs, managed multiple vendors (RFQ, contract and financial negotiations, and day to day management). Mathieu has experience in managing teams with up to 9 direct reports.
Michalis Matthaiou, PhD Docent SMIEEE Expert in Multiple-Antenna Systems
Michalis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Multiple-Antenna Systems at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He obtained his PhD from University of Edinburgh followed by research positions at Munich University of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Michalis’ research interests span signal processing for wireless communications, massive MIMO systems, hardware-constrained communications, and performance analysis of fading channels. He has co-authored some 150 papers on these topics.
Michalis and his coauthors received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard G. Abraham Prize in 2017. He was the recipient of the 2011 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region and a co-recipient of the 2006 IEEE Communications Chapter Project Prize for the best M.Sc. dissertation in the area of communications. He was co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC).
He has a grant portfolio in excess of £4.7m supported by EPSRC, EU, MoD, and Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mike Goddard, OBE BSc CEng FIET International Spectrum Policy Advisor
Mike has 40 years’ experience in spectrum planning nationally and internationally in the UK administration. Mike was a member of the Radiocommunications Agency’s senior management team and was acting Chief Executive when its functions were transferred to Ofcom.
Mike was Director of 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 Johnston, BEng CEng MBA MIET Telecoms Consultant
Telecoms consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the sector, with a strong track record in strategy, including M&A, business development and project delivery, of optical fibre infrastructure. Mike has led technical due diligence for an acquisition in Asia during 2017 and previously acquired the 500 km fibre assets of Digital Region Ltd for Geo / Zayo. He was also part of the team supporting the Geo board during the exit of private equity from Geo and sale to Zayo.
A wealth of experience ranging from delivering fibre and managed services projects across UK and Europe; developing mobile strategy for the UK rail network with Dept. for Transport, including negotiating rail franchise changes for on-train Wi-Fi; to developing and implementing the digital strategy for Grosvenor Estates to improve communications across Mayfair and Belgravia.
Mike Smith, PhD Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor
Mike led Telefonica Global LTE activities as part of Global CTO Office. He established the first Telefonica LTE lab and field trials across 6 countries followed by subsequent rollout across the entire Telefonica footprint.
Mike has 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.
Naveendra Thiyagarajah, BSc MEng PhD Wireless Technology and Standards Expert
Naveendra is an experienced Systems Engineer with a special focus on Wireless Connectivity and large Network Infrastructure technologies. He has significant experience working with Communication Service Providers (CSP) to enable rollout, deep network audits to drive strategy and roadmaps; R&D of software and hardware solutions for 2G, 3G, 4G and Satellite Communication systems; Defence and Security Applications; Review of patents for valuation essentiality and against standards. He has also successfully managed and delivered many time critical projects.
Naveendra is self- starter who can work well independently as well as in team environments and an excellent communicator who can build and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
Richard Thanki, MA (Oxon) Economic Advisor
Richard was formerly with Perspective Associates and with the UK communications regulator, Ofcom. At Perspective, Richard 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.
Richard 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. Richard was previously a senior associate economist and modeler at Ofcom, where he had deep involvements with a wide range of projects. Richard 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
Most recently Rupert was 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 and was elected to the board in 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.
Sameer Lalwani, MSEE MBA Wireless Telecoms Expert
Sameer is a telecom industry professional, skilled in helping drive technology decisions by wireless operators, regulators, and infrastructure vendors. Able to quantify impact of technology decision by building Digital twins of networks to generate economic analysis and ROI calculations, significantly reducing uncertainty while making major decisions.
Sameer is known for effective listening and thinking outside the box and a willingness to learn. Sameer is experienced in working with cross-functional teams driving wireless technologies to provide connectivity and data services across globe. He is always approachable, bringing positive attitude to every project and a partner across Business Development, R&D, Network Deployment, and Finance.
Simon Jones RF Systems Expert
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, CEng PhD FIET Co-Founder and Shareholder
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.
Stuart Mitchell, BEng PhD MBA Technology & Business Strategy Expert
Stuart has re-joined Real Wireless having recently completed an MBA at Oxford University where he was presented with the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. He has strong technical and commercial experience of the wireless industry built up over a 20-year career working across all areas of the sector for regulators, systems integrators, operators and equipment vendors.
Most recently, Stuart was the Solution Architect for Samsung’s 4G network’s business in Europe responsible for the technological and commercial integrity of their customer’s radio network solutions, successfully developing innovative hardware and software solutions in support of customers’ strategic aspirations.
Prior to this Stuart was the Principle Architect for in-building wireless solutions for the London 2012 Olympics, responsible for the design and delivery of mobile, Wi-Fi and PMR services into all of the major games venues on behalf of all UK operators. Skilled in stakeholder management, Stuart had a critical role to ensure that projects were delivered precisely to time and budget.
Stuart began his career at BT labs after graduating from the University of Kent with a PhD in Electronics, which was funded by the European Space Agency. At BT he began working on mobile technology and helped shape the company’s 3G roll-out strategy, which included a 2-year secondment in Germany. This was followed by spells in consultancy working mainly for communications regulators in the UK and abroad on spectrum management issues.
His latest remit is to focus on business innovation and technology strategy, where Stuart will bring his expertise to bear on the social and economic impact of wireless technologies for key stakeholders including government, operators, investors and asset managers.
Dr. Tim Brown, BEng PhD MIET Intelligent Antennas for Wireless Communications
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.