Our experts include engineers, physicists, economists, security advisors, experts in regulation and spectrum, business strategists and deployment specialists.
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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 runs operations at Real Wireless and brings 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 also 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 (train, tunnel and track coverage).
John Okas, BSc ACGI DMS Strategic Wireless Business Consultant
John has many years’ experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry with both equipment vendors (Motorola, ComDev & Racal) and operators (including NTL (now Arqiva)). With experience in systems engineering, product management and general management he has worked with international development teams, manufacturing facilities and key customers. He has worked on many large and complex projects and bids for civilian and government wireless requirements.
John is an experienced general manager and board member in technology companies and specialises in managing complex business development projects. He is skilled at engaging with engineers at all levels in order to assess complex project challenges, the risks faced by stakeholders and developing mitigation strategies. He also has broad experience across many related areas including regulation, spectrum, machine to machine and vehicle connectivity.
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. She has a passion for delivering thorough, evidence based answers to client questions rather than purely relying on opinions from others.
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 LTE-LAA (License Assisted Access) 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 a Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, a Consultant at PA Consulting UK, and a Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK.
Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena, PhD CEng SMIEEE MIET Managing Consultant
Abhaya is a leader with a strategic approach and hands on experience in solving problems on spectrum, technology and techno-economic issues. His wealth of knowledge gathered over 20 years has helped a wide range of international companies, regulators and governments. Abhaya currently champions the spectrum and regulatory practice at Real Wireless and is the Chairman of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (UK SPF) Steering Board. He has recently led teams in delivering spectrum valuation for auctions, techno-economic and business case analysis for 5G use cases, 5G spectrum benefit assessment and developing future telecom strategy for MNOs, regulators, and governments.
Previously Abhaya led and delivered multi-million pound strategic network capacity programs at 3UK. He has also played an influential role in maintaining UK propositions and developing policies on mobile spectrum at Ofcom and, as the Head of Capacity and Principal Engineer at Ericsson, provided leadership to deploy the UK’s first HSDPA network.
Scott Kelton, MEng PRINCE2 Principal Consultant – Radio Networks
Scott has over 20 years experience working in the wireless telecoms industry and currently specialises in advising clients on how to achieve their wireless related objectives utilising the most appropriate technology. Over the last 5 years Scott has worked on the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur where he has overseen the development of the wireless strategy through to the design and deployment of all wireless systems in the new stadium on behalf of our client, Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Whilst working for suppliers, Scott was responsible for the design, build, commissioning and handover of Cellular wireless technology systems.
Prior to joining Real Wireless, Scott worked with clients such as Telefonica (UK) Ltd, where 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 brings more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry. He is involved in project delivery around wireless connectivity, its challenges and its impact, and he specialises in creating complex models for understanding wireless systems, from the technology/network perspective and the techno-economic view.
Anastasios has been involved in assisting RTR (the Austrian regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications) in understanding the cost of spectrum and assessing the coverage obligations, as well as participating in Autoair, a DCMS-funded project, for creating one of the first 5G testbeds for the transport industry, and quantifying the socio-economic impact of 5G connectivity in the transport corridors. He has also contributed to projects for the European Commission, DfT and NRT.
Prior to joining Real Wireless, Anastasios was managing the Backhaul and Transmission planning product tool in TEOCO (ex. AIRCOM International).
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 also responsible for the stability and quality of the company’s software tools, including overseeing implementation of updates.
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 has technically led several simulations and the modelling of 5G and 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. He is a speaker at industry events.
Hassan has published over 15 papers in international journals, magazines and conferences, he has also filed one patent.
Stuart Mitchell, BEng PhD MBA MIET Techno-Economic & Business Strategy Expert
Stuart re-joined Real Wireless having completed an MBA at Oxford University. 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. He has strong technical and commercial experience of the wireless industry from a 25-year career working across multiple disciplines for regulators, systems integrators, operators, and equipment vendors.
Most recently, Stuart was the Solution Architect for Samsung’s 4G network business in Europe, responsible for the technical and commercial integrity of their customer’s solutions. Prior to this Stuart was the Principle Architect for wireless systems at the London 2012 Olympics, responsible for the design and delivery of mobile, Wi-Fi and PMR services into all of the games venues on behalf of all UK operators.
Stuart began his career at BT labs after graduating with a PhD in satellite communications. At BT he helped develop the company’s 3G roll-out strategy, which included a 2-year secondment in Germany.
Miriam Turk Wireless Technology Intern
Miriam has been an intern at Real Wireless since September 2020. She is working on a 5G network simulator and analysing its results, involving capacity and cost evaluations.
Miriam is a student at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, and will receive her 5 year engineering degree in 2021. She is majoring in Computer and Communication Engineering with a specialisation in Telecommunication. Miriam is a technology enthusiast, interested in wireless communication systems including 2G-5G, WiFi, and IoT and has previously worked on projects through university courses that were based on wireless technologies like LoRa and Bluetooth.
Miriam is constantly striving to expand her skills and is looking forward to working on her final year project in collaboration with Real Wireless.
Ade Ajibulu, MA MPhil Economic and Regulatory Advisor
Ade Ajibulu is a highly experienced regulatory economist and business strategy analyst with over 20 years experience in the telecoms sector.
Ade began working in telecoms as a Senior Consultant for Analysys Ltd. and was responsible for project and client management and his expertise covered business planning, strategy analysis, demand forecasting, cost modelling and regulatory pricing.
Next, as an economist at Ofcom, Ade led the economic analysis in many of Ofcom’s key projects on spectrum, in particular auctioning spectrum for mobile communications. He also worked on wider competition issues in the mobile sector. His work involved auction design, policy development and cost benefit analysis.
Since 2011, Ade has worked as an Associate for Real Wireless and an independent consultant on forecasting revenues for 5G services in EU research projects, spectrum management in Africa and telecoms regulatory issues for a range of commercial clients.
Dr. Alejandro Aragón-Zavala, MSc PhD Wireless Technology Expert
Since becoming an Associate Consultant for Real Wireless, Alejandro has been involved in projects related to indoor radio propagation, such as: development, analysis and optimisation of propagation models; wireless network design; in-building radio measurement campaigns; and the development of unique certification programs for the in-building wireless industry. He has actively participated in various projects for companies and organisations such as: Ofcom, iBwave, Cisco, and 5G NORMA. He has been involved in Witness Expert litigations since 2016.
Alejandro has a strong background in the design and implementation of in-building cellular systems and project management, being responsible of managing multi-disciplinary teams in process automation, control engineering and wireless communications projects.
In addition to his role at Real Wireless, Alejandro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, Mexico. He is the author of more than fifty international research papers and four books and e-books related to wireless communications.
Becky Stuttard, BA MSc Economic and Business Strategy Advisor
Becky is a widely-recognised expert in the fields of spectrum policy and economics. Over the last decade she was a central figure in the development of Ofcom’s spectrum policy. Becky is an associate consultant with Real Wireless and other organisations, providing specialist advice on the economic, regulatory and strategy issues faced by users of the radio spectrum.
During her time at Ofcom Becky worked across a wide range of spectrum policy issues, both as an economic and policy director. This allowed her to develop a thorough understanding of how to bring together economic theory and spectrum policy with real world considerations. 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.
Becky has experience of working in both regulatory and consultancy environments, and is experienced at directing the work of large multi-disciplinary teams. She is comfortable presenting work on both a national and international stage and is adept at explaining spectrum policy issues to senior audiences. She previously held roles in economics and strategic advice at NERA, Andersen and OXERA.
Ben Toner, MEng CEng MIET Wi-Fi and Converged Network Expert
Ben has over 20 years of experience in mobile development, innovation and new product development. The last 10 years were spent working with global mobile operators to create and deliver better Wi-Fi connectivity experiences. This included the development of a carrier grade connection manager application for smartphones and embedded devices.
Ben forged relationships with Cisco to deliver a full end-to-end 3GPP compliant solution to mobile operators in the USA, UK, EU and India. He has built his experience in Wi-Fi, best network selection and convergence through extensive collaboration and trials with the mobile operator community.
Prior to his work on carrier applications, Ben has worked in the R&D sector developing radio solutions for digital TV, digital radio and cellular equipment. Ben has pioneered innovations in early OFDMA techniques, wireless charging and IoT sensing.
Caroline Gabriel, MA Market Research and Telecoms Industry Analyst
•Caroline co-founded Rethink Technology Research in 2002 to focus on emerging mobile technologies and their impact on operator business models. She has been analyzing and reporting on hi-tech industries since 1986.
As head of the wireless practice, she leads the creation of research reports, newsletters and consulting services and has become a highly recognized authority on operator network strategies, and a prolific speaker at industry events.
Rethink produces forecasts and analysis based on an opt-in research base of senior executives at over 100 mobile, converged and IoT operators, and offers technology and strategy advice focused on RAN and core architectures.
Caroline started her career as a technology journalist and then took senior roles in online publishing and research before focusing full time on wireless industry research and consultancy.
Damian Bevan, MEng CEng Wireless System Analyst
Damian enjoys developing mathematical and computer simulation models in order to solve complex problems in radio science and engineering.
He has worked extensively at the forefront of wireless systems technology R&D, initially within Nortel (until 2010), and latterly for Aceaxis and Real Wireless. Aceaxis is a vendor of cellular wireless infrastructure and testing products.
Damian specialises in development and modelling of novel wireless adaptive signal processing algorithms, including nonlinear interference detection and mitigation. Some of these algorithms are currently shipping within Aceaxis products.
Damian is experienced in the use of Object Orientated approaches within software models, typically using languages such as Matlab and Python. He has undertaken patent analysis and expert witness work for legal clients including reviews of patent portfolios, claims mappings and prior art.
Over the course of his career, Damian has authored or co-authored over 25 open publications, and has over 30 granted patents.
Daniel Bradford, MEng CEng MIET Communications and Signal Processing Expert
Daniel is an experienced engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the wireless industry. He is an independent Consultant and has been an Associate with Real Wireless for several years. His objective is to use his experience and knowledge in signal processing and communications theory to help clients accelerate their development programs.
Daniel has extensive experience in mobile communications physical layer implementations. This includes GSM (2G), UMTS (3G), LTE (4G) and 5GNR (5G). He has implemented many aspects of both user terminals and basestation equipment.
Daniel has experience of all aspects of scoping, design, implementation, integration and testing. He has significant experience in leading development teams.
His recent experience has been with Verilog implementations targeting FPGA platforms. This has also involved extensive use of Matlab and C/C++.
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.
Dejan Bojic, BEng MRes MBA Digital Infrastructure & Services Expert
Dejan’s main areas of expertise are development of tailored strategies for digital transformation, management of innovation partnerships, and commercial incubation of new solutions. Possessing a broad understanding of the ‘smart technology stack’ his particular background is in data and communication system platforms.
Most recently Dejan has contributed to development of a vision and market creation strategies for digital transformation of public sector services and infrastructure, working with the UK central and local government to accelerate national adoption of 5G and data science technologies.
Recent highlights have included West Midlands 5G (WM5G) and 5G Urban Connected Communities (UCC) project with the UK Government department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sports (DCMS), and development and launch of 5G Action Learning Network (ALN) with the Connected Places Catapult. Dejan has also consulted a number of local authorities in the UK on adoption of smart services and advanced connectivity
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 Expert
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. He is closely involved in many of the developments of the 3GPP tech family including CAMEL, GPRS, UMTS Core, IMS and LTE Core. Iain contributed to product roadmap development for leading vendors and solution design for mobile operators and holds several patents in mobile systems technology.
Ian Miller, MEng CEng FIET Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor
Ian is a graduate engineer with over 25 years’ experience in Mobile Telecoms. Ian is now a mobile telecoms consultant, but formerly Director of Mobile Access Networks in Telefonica reporting to the Global CTO and responsible for mobile radio network development and strategy across the group.
He is experienced in establishing and leading teams in many aspects of mobile network innovation, design, architecture, implementation and systems engineering gained through a wide variety of assignments. These include:- 2G, 3G & 4G network design & rollout, vendor RFQ & selection, bid support, spectrum, new technology & feature evaluation (inc IoT/M2M, 5G), standards & industry fora representation, strategy & business case development, specialised coverage solutions, small cells, network sharing and various consultancy projects.
Ian is a collaborative team player with good technical, planning, interpersonal & presentation skills combined with proven leadership experience. He can work under pressure in a logical and methodical approach producing quality results to tight timescales and within budget. Ian is experienced at leading multi-country matrix managed teams and interfacing with individuals at all levels in the organisation.
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 Expert
Julius Robson is a wireless technology expert with interests spanning from the detailed minutia of bits, dBs and microseconds, to the commercial development of industry ecosystems around emerging technologies. His career started in wireless technology research with Nortel, developing products and IPR for a wide range of wireless applications including FWA, municipal Wi-Fi mesh networks and MIMO-OFDM and SON technologies for LTE and WiMAX. He then went on to become Nortel’s standards delegate in 3GPP RAN1 and RAN4.
Julius enjoys working in cross-industry collaborations, and has held several leadership roles. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Small Cell Forum, and has previously led their backhaul group as well as in the NGMN Alliance. In 2007 he was chair of the LTE/SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI), stimulating an early ecosystem around the then fledgling LTE.
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 Expert
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 Multiple-Antenna Systems Expert
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 with the Radiocommunications Agency and Ofcom. He was a member of the senior management team of Ofcom, and was acting Chief Executive of the Radiocommunications Agency when its functions were transferred to Ofcom. He was the first chairman of the European Radiocommunications Committee (now the ECC), with responsibility for establishing the European Radio Office in Copenhagen, and has chaired the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group. He played a leading role in the development of spectrum reviews, national spectrum strategies, and the development and implementation of ground-breaking spectrum reform in the public sector. Mike led the UK delegations to ITU World Radio Conferences (WRC) from 1987 to 2007 and has been involved in the subsequent WRCs.
Mike has an extensive knowledge and understanding of spectrum regulation and spectrum policy both nationally and internationally. Throughout his career, Mike has gained the respect of government departments in the UK and overseas, other overseas regulators, and industry for his expertise and fairness. He works with Government departments on many spectrum related matters and has appropriate security clearance.
Mike Johnston, BEng CEng MBA MIET Telecoms Expert
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.
Mike Walsh, BSc CEng MIET Satellite Expert
Mike specialises in broadcasting and satellite communications, bringing 40 years of experience from roles in operations, manufacturing, design and service provision.
Recently at Arqiva, Mike worked with Ofcom regarding sharing of BSS & FSS band frequencies with other applications including uses, such as LTE and for 5G. He led a study to characterise scatter due to wet and dry trees at a UK teleport, and was involved in Arqiva’s 5G trials in 2018. Mike works closely with broadcasters and satellite operators, and led a project to respecify the transmission parameters for DTH broadcasting, yielding significant throughput improvements.
Previously to Arqiva, Mike held roles at British Aerospace, where he was involved with ESA satellite programmes/studies, Advent and the BBC. Currently Mike is working on non-geostationary satellite constellations, to deliver affordable connectivity to the underserved parts of the world.
Mike lectures at University of Surrey, and is involved with STEM in schools throughout the UK.
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.
Phil Sheppard, MSc Technology Expert
Phil is a skilled technology and people leader with extensive experience of telecoms strategy, architecture, design and delivery.
He has a track record of delivering innovative strategies, achieving industry leading levels of customer experience, performance, and economics. He has been accountable for vendor selection (e.g. virtualised core network and 4G/5G RAN). Phil has led major delivery programmes such as Three’s 4G technology launch.
Phil is a positive people leader, coach, and effective communicator with the ability to translate complex technology into clear messages. He has been a speaker at many events and is recognised in the Mobile Power 50 for being a significant industry influencer. Phil has experience of working with Government and Regulators (e.g. Ofcom) and has board director experience.
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 Advisor
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.
Simon Wilson, BSc Radio Spectrum Expert
Simon has worked in the world of radio spectrum since 2001, leading several industry spectrum groups as well as spectrum policy development within the O2 and Telefónica Groups.
In 2018 Simon left Telefónica to undertake a PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications at the University of Bristol. The focus of his research project is secure Dynamic Spectrum Access. Simon’s research interests are based on his most recent work with Telefónica on spectrum technology and policy - spectral efficiency, propagation in millimetre wave bands and licensed vs unlicensed spectrum usage in mmWave spectrum.
Prior to this Simon spent 13 years working in a variety of roles in the electronics and communications industries, including the UK electronics industry association (FEI), where he was Director of Radio and responsible for the UMTS Forum Secretariat, and IFR, where he worked in market development.
Dr. Tim Brown, BEng PhD MIET Intelligent Antennas for Wireless Communications Expert
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.