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Mark KeenanMark Keenan Chief Executive Officer
Simon FletcherSimon Fletcher Chief Technology Officer
Julie BradfordJulie Bradford Managing Consultant
Oliver BosshardOliver Bosshard Managing Consultant
John OkasJohn Okas Strategic Wireless Business Consultancy
Dr Kostas KonstantinouDr. Kostas Konstantinou Senior Consultant
Charles ChambersDr. Charles Chambers Managing Consultant
Dr Hassan OsmanDr. Hassan Osman PhD MSc Wireless Technology Consultant
Abhaya SumanasenaDr. Abhaya Sumanasena Managing Consultant
Scott Kelton v0.3Scott Kelton Principal Consultant – Radio Networks
John StephensJohn Stephens Project Manager
tasos-karousos-v0-1Dr. Anastasios Karousos Simulation Modelling Expert
Ade AjibuluAde Ajibulu Economic and Regulatory Advice
Rupert BainesRupert Baines Technology Strategy & Marketing
Professor Les BarclayProfessor Les Barclay Radiowave propagation and spectrum regulation expert
Charles BrooksonCharles Brookson Mobile Security Consultant
Ian VanceIan Vance Strategic technical and business advice
alejandro v0.1Dr. Alejandro Aragón-Zavala Wireless Technology Expert
Dr. Tim BrownDr. Tim Brown Intelligent Antennas for Wireless Communications
Malcolm HamerMalcolm Hamer Propagation Modelling Expert
Mike GoddardMike Goddard, OBE International Spectrum Policy Advisor
Julius RobsonJulius Robson Wireless Technology Consultant
Stephen PriestmanStephen Priestman Wireless Regulation and Policy Associate
Ken NgKen Ng Radio Propagation and Cellular Planning Expert
Richard ThankiRichard Thanki Economic Advisor
Iain SharpIain Sharp Wireless Core Network Consultant
Damian BevanDamian Bevan Wireless System Analysis
Becky StuttardBecky Stuttard Economic and Business Strategy Advice
Len SchuchLen Schuch Small Cell Strategy Expert
Mark Thomas v0.1Mark Thomas Spectrum Policy Advisor
Ian MillerIan Miller Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor
Ola DurowojuOlasunkanmi Durwoju Modelling Consultant
caroline-gabriel-v0-2Caroline Gabriel Market Research and Telecoms Industry Analyst
ilya-picture v0.2Ilya Averin Wireless Systems Analyst
SONY DSCDaniel Bradford
Communications and Signal Processing Expert
mike-smith-v0-2Dr. Mike Smith Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor
william-webb-2013v0-1Dr William Webb Wireless Expert
elaine-french-v0-1Elaine French Commercial Property Expert
Simon SaundersProf. Simon Saunders Co-founder and Shareholder
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Chief Executive Officer CEng MIStructE MIET

Mark has worked in the wireless telecommunications industry since 1992. Co-founder of Real Wireless, he took over as CEO in autumn 2015. Mark is skilled at managing complex projects, with experience in specification, design, installation and management of major wireless systems in environments as diverse as Heathrow Airport, Wembley Stadium, Ascot Racecourse and numerous corporate offices throughout the UK and The Netherlands. The wireless systems deployed are a combination of Wi-Fi, Private Mobile Radio, Tetra and Cellular with infrastructures specified and designed to offer maximum flexibility to customers and environments. Mark was Project Director for a major strategic consulting exercise for BAA, creating and delivering their complete wireless strategy. He was also responsible for the UK’s first landlord-owned multi-operator in-building wireless infrastructure in the Bullring Shopping Centre. Back to top

Simon Fletcher

Simon Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer MEng MBA

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical responsibility across the company. 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 strategic 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 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. Back to top

Julie Bradford

Julie Bradford

Managing Consultant MEng CEng MIET

Julie is in charge of Technical Quality at Real Wireless and specialises in leading projects using simulation models to quantify coverage, capacity and user experience in wireless networks. She has a passion for delivering thorough, evidence based answers to client questions with real understanding and quantification of the issues involved by getting to the heart of the problem via simulation models rather than purely relying on opinions from others. At Real Wireless Julie has led projects for clients including Cisco, Ofcom, Small Cell Forum, Virgin Media and VT iDirect. Notably Julie 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. Julie graduated with a 1st class MEng degree in Electronic Engineering with Business Management from the University of York and was awarded the YES prize for sustained excellence throughout her degree programme. She has also earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management with a distinction from Bath University and is a Chartered Engineer. Julie has a strong background in digital signal processing techniques for the physical layer of wireless communications systems and as a Communications Engineer at QinetiQ developed bespoke modems on Software Defined Radio (SDR) platforms. Whilst at QinetiQ she also acted as the technical lead on a year-long study on the regulatory implications of Cognitive Radio and dynamic spectrum access techniques. As a consultant at PA Consulting Julie has worked on a range of projects requiring a combination of detailed knowledge of the 3GPP standards and wireless technologies, stakeholder management and an understanding of system level issues in cellular networks. Prior to joining Real Wireless, she worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana’s UMTS femtocell product range and has hands on experience of small cell technologies. Back to top

Oliver Bosshard

Oliver Bosshard

Managing Consultant MSC MBA MIET

Oliver Bosshard has a technical and commercial background in the wireless industry. He runs individual projects at Real Wireless, and is also responsible for the company’s overall project delivery and budgets. He has extensive experience in DAS, propagation planning, backhaul and rollout of 2G – 4G, Wi-Fi and TETRA technologies. Before joining Real Wireless, Oliver was in charge of Product Management & Strategy at Bluwan (2011-2014) where his product creation won the Frost and Sullivan European Technology Innovation Award 2011 and the Light Reading’s Best New Product ‘Leading Lights’ Award 2011. Prior to Bluwan, he was the CTO at the wireless ISP Luminet where he executed the first post-auction spectrum trade between companies in the UK (2007-2011). Oliver began his career as an electrical engineer in Switzerland, moving on to BTS & BSC site build management for Orange Switzerland. It was here where he started his RF planning & optimisation career before moving into the lead of the national special projects team. Key achievements at Orange Switzerland include project lead on multi-operator coverage at airports, trains and 200km+ of railway tunnels for all Swiss operators through the use of active and passive DAS, as well as representing Orange Group in Special Projects Working Groups internationally between 1999-2004. In 2004, he founded his consultancy company and worked in Africa and the Caribbean on varying projects, including technical consultancy and network rollout management. At Andrews (Commscope), he was the head of the Wireless Innovations Group UK & Ireland where he built a team for design, deployment, project management and monitoring from single operator RF repeater to multi-operator optical systems, including solutions for Wembley Stadium, O2 Dome, Glasgow Underground DAS and Virgin Intrain Repeaters. Back to top

John Okas

John Okas

Strategic Wireless Business Consultancy BSc ACGI DMS

John is responsible for sales and developing new business at Real Wireless. He has many years’ experience in the wireless industry with both equipment vendors (Motorola, ComDev & Racal) and operators (including NTL – now Arqiva). John has also been very involved in the fixed telecoms and IT industries and has held senior positions in the broadcasting infrastructure sector. With initial experience in systems engineering he then moved into product management working with development teams, manufacturing facilities, key customers and country sales organisations to bring new mobile communications and data networking systems to market across Europe. With his wide experience John brings a deep understanding of the major trends and new technologies and their potential impact across the whole ICT and TMT sectors. He is an experienced general manager and board member to CEO level in technology companies and now specialises in strategy development, business planning, managing complex business development projects and developing merger & acquisition opportunities. He is skilled at engaging with engineers at all levels in order to assess complex engineering challenges and the 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’. Back to top

Dr Kostas Konstantinou

Dr. Kostas Konstantinou

Senior Consultant PhD CEng

Dr. Konstantinou has been with Real Wireless since 2008 as a Technology Consultant providing independent consultancy for the wireless industry on topics such as femtocell modelling, spectrum liberalisation, HSPA, WiMAX and LTE technologies. Dr Konstantinou received his PhD (University of Surrey, 2008) and MEng (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004) degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, specialising in Telecommunications. He is a C.Eng. (Technical Chamber of Greece). His PhD studies were carried out in collaboration with Vodafone, UK. He has worked as a Statistical Analyst for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as Commentary Systems Installer for the Athens Olympic Broadcasting Team and as Demonstrator for the University of Surrey. Kostas is a MATLAB and simulation enthusiast. He is an advanced user and developer of GIS, CAD and 3D model tools. Back to top

Charles Chambers

Dr. Charles Chambers

Managing Consultant PhD

Charles is a highly innovative and motivated professional with extensive experience of applying systems engineering skills for system design, product strategy and development, and regulatory policy. As well as engaging in technology capabilities, Charles is experienced in assessing economic indicators of the costs and benefits of the use of technology – spanning the areas of wireless technology – regulation and the business and economic impact. Charles has authored 9 patents and approximately 20 journal papers, international conference and book chapters. After his PhD on DSP algorithms and methods to achieve improved theoretical performance limits of phased arrays, Charles developed devices and methods of tracking marine mammals and undertook fieldwork in exotic locations. On return to mainstream engineering he was part of the “mobile phone via satellite” ICO concept design team, with responsibility for concept design, Air Interface definition, performance assessment, system resource management, system procurement, vendor management, programme review and sign-off, acceptance test definition. Product manager of HPN service (end-to-end delivery). As Manager of Programme and Process Management Group at Quotient Communications – he was responsible for resource allocation to deliver company-wide mobile network planning and rollout projects (time, budget, delivery) and definition of specifications for Quotient’s 3G mobile network planning tool (one of two approved for use by Vodafone Group). Working with Dutch and Hong Kong regulators he contributed to changes in primary legislation relating to license conditions and a spectrum pricing framework. With Real Wireless, Charles has applied his experience in wireless systems and programmes to assist a range of clients from concept evaluation and design, network deployment, Intellectual Property issues, business case modelling, and various aspects of regulatory impact and mitigation. Experienced in assessing the performance achievable using variants of 4G/LTE to provide coverage in different environments for mobile broadband and wireless internet, as well as to trains, and aircraft. Charles is currently supporting a programme to adopt LTE for use for Emergency Services’ use. He has also supported clients with tender preparation and evaluation, and expert witness support for patent assessment. Charles has acted as a consultant to a wide range of companies and organisations including Ofcom, GSMA, EE (formerly Orange), Network Rail Telecom, Inmarsat, the Home Office and many others. He was a founder and director of Quotient Associates before joining Real Wireless. Back to top

Dr Hassan Osman

Dr. Hassan Osman

Wireless Technology Consultant PhD MSc

Hassan is Real Wireless’ representative in the Middle East and he has deep knowledge of advanced wireless communication systems. His fields of expertise include 3G/4G/5G, Wi-Fi 802.11g/n/ac and IoT/M2M systems. 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. Hassan has also been involved in the design and development of a white space database (WSD) software prototype. Prior to joining Real Wireless, Hassan worked in the Wireless Communication group at the University of Kent where he was team leader of an EU funded project. Hassan has published over 15 papers in international journals, magazines and conferences. Hassan obtained his PhD in Wireless Communications from the University of Kent (UK), where he received a scholarship for Academic excellence. Back to top

Abhaya Sumanasena

Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena

Managing Consultant MSc CEng MIEEE MIET

Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena is an energetic Senior Manager with hands on experience in mobile network design/capacity planning/economic modelling. His in-depth understanding of current issues and technologies, together with commercial awareness in diverse environments is 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. Abhaya is a leader with a strategic approach, well-rounded with commercial and regulatory principles with proven track record of providing leadership to cross-functional teams to successfully achieve business objectives. 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. Previously, Abhaya 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. Abhaya has also played an influential role on LTE deployment strategy and advised regulatory teams on spectrum and regulatory related issues. Prior to Three, Abhaya worked as a Technical Policy Manager at Ofcom where he represented UK/Ofcom at European/ITU regulatory meetings to maintain the UK’s national interest. He played a key role on developing policies on mobile spectrum. Abhaya has also worked as the Head of Capacity and Opimisation (secondment)/Principal Engineer in Ericsson and played a leading role in deploying the UK’s first HSDPA network for Three. Abhaya has a Ph.D. on 3G Mobile Systems from University of Surrey (won an award for Research Excellence from Inmarsat), published 12 papers and secured two patent rights. Abhaya is currently a Visiting Professor to the American University of Nigeria (AUN) a training provider for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) where he delivers high quality interactive five-day training workshops to Senior Governments Officials on a range of current and emerging technologies. Back to top

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Scott Kelton

Principal Consultant – Radio Networks MEng PRINCE2

Scott is a Civil and Structural Engineer, who has over a decade of experience working in the wireless telecommunications industry. Scott brings a wealth of experience from both the supplier and client viewpoint. While working for supplier companies, Scott was responsible for the design, build, commissioning and handover of Cellular, Tetra, PMR and Wi-Fi systems to both public and private bodies. During Scott’s work with clients such as Telefónica (UK) Ltd, he was responsible for the management and acceptance of complex network rollout projects from design inception to full deployment. Back to top

John Stephens

Project Manager PRINCE2

John Stephens is a senior project manager at Real Wireless and brings over 30 years international field and management experience in the wireless industry delivering high quality services and engaging with customers at senior level. Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner with a broad range of practical operations experience in project management, installation, commissioning, configuration, optimisation and path profiling of radio transmission links. John has also a deep knowledge of a variety of 2G – 4G and PMR coverage enhancement systems including RF repeaters and active/passive DAS for in-building, tunnels and rural coverage applications. Formerly John was a project manager at Bluwan where he was actively engaged in the planning and deployment of point-to-multipoint systems and prior to that he was director of systems engineering at 4RF communications. John has also previously held a role as a system test manager with many years experience in the formal RF compliance testing and performance measurement of microwave backhaul links in a lab environment. Back to top

Dr. Anastasios Karousos

Simulation Modelling Expert MSc PhD

Anastasios Karousos is responsible for simulating and modelling of the wireless networks. He has a deep knowledge 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 tools in TEOCO (ex. AIRCOM International), which were 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. Towards that goal he introduced a number of automatic algorithms which alleviated greatly the planning burden from the engineers. 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.Back to top

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Ade Ajibulu

Economic and Regulatory Advice MA MPhil

Ade Ajibulu has over 20 years experience in the communications sector as an economist and consultant. He is an expert on business planning and strategy, regulation and competition policy in the communications sector. As a senior consultant for Analysys Limited, Ade advised senior executives in a wide range of companies (e.g. wholesale carriers, ISPs and content providers), regulators and international institutions, including a secondment to the European Commission. His particular fields of expertise in regulation covered pricing, interconnection, network and service cost modelling and universal service policy. On the planning and strategy side, Ade specialised in demand forecasting, competitor assessment, market positioning and scenario planning. More recently, Ade worked as an economist for Ofcom. He played a key role in Ofcom’s landmark reforms to spectrum management, such as introducing spectrum trading and a more market based approach to allocating spectrum. In particular, 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. Back to top

Rupert Baines

Rupert Baines

Technology Strategy & Marketing BSEE MBA FIET

Rupert Baines has 25 years experience high-technology marketing and strategy. Most recently he was VP of Strategic Marketing at Mindspeed, following the acquisition of Picochip where had been VP Marketing. In that role he was responsible for strategy, roadmap, product management and defined and led the industry standard technology solution for small cells. This involved working with many of the vendors and carriers on their deployments. He also worked on technology for 4G and beyond. 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. In 2013 he was honoured to receive the Forum’s award for Individual Achievement. Previously, he worked for Analog Devices in USA for some years, where he pioneered DSL chipsets and took them to market leadership. This involved standards activity, defining commercial propositions and working with operators and vendors in field-trials and deployments. 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. He has an BSEE and Diploma from Hull University, and MBA from IESE and is a Fellow of the IET. Back to top

Professor Les Barclay

Professor Les Barclay OBE

Radiowave propagation and spectrum regulation expert OBE FREng

Professor Les Barclay is a distinguished and widely-recognised professional in fields of radiowave propagation and spectrum regulation. He was formerly Deputy Director for Research and Radio Technology for the UK Radiocommunications Agency (now Ofcom), managing the Agency’s research programme, in particular the National Radio Propagation Programme. He chaired the first Radiocommunication Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union in 1993. He was chairman of CCIR Study Group 6 (ionospheric propagation) from 1978 to 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. He has participated as a UK delegate in various World Radiocommunication Conferences. 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. He is a visiting professor at the universities of Surrey and Lancaster, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is chairman of the organising committee for the series of IEE residential courses on radiowave propagation. Professor Barclay has been awarded the OBE, the Polar Medal and the silver medal of the ITU. Back to top

Charles Brookson

Charles Brookson

Mobile Security Consultant CEng FIET MInstSP

Charles has unrivalled knoweldge and experience of mobile security issues and is a very well-known expert in the field. He presently chairs the GSM Association Security Group, having been in that 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, having been on the Director General’s advisory group (PSG). He also Chairs the ETSI OCG Security Group and runs an annual ETSI Security Workshop. Over the years he has taken a close interest in issues such as Lawful Interception, and many other procedural and technical issues. Charles worked within 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 mobile operator, and before that for 20 years in BT with many years of security experience (including public key, cryptography, international policies and standards) with the final few years in a senior position in the BT Chairman’s Office. Back to top

Ian Vance

Ian Vance MBE

Strategic technical and business advice MBE MSc FREng FIET

Ian Vance works with Real Wireless to deliver technology strategy, management and due diligence services. Ian is a senior and well-respected technology management professional in the telecommunications industry, with a background as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Nortel plc, responsible for all Nortel products in European markets. He has 38 years experience of the mobile radio, photonics, and semiconductors industry. He is probably best known for his innovative design of the world’s first ‘professional’ radio on a silicon chip, and its use in radiopaging. He also patented Time Division Duplex (TDD) now a technique used throughout the world. Ian was 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. Back to top

Dr. Alejandro Aragón-Zavala

Wireless Technology Expert PhD MSc

Dr. Aragón-Zavala is a Senior Technology Consultant and also conducts research with us. His interests and expertise include wireless communications, satellite systems, high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), antenna design and indoor radio propagation. As well as working as a Real Wireless associate, he is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer within the School of Science and Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro, Mexico. Dr. Aragón-Zavala obtained an MSc with distinction in Satellite Communication Engineering from the University of Surrey, in the UK, in 1998 and a PhD in Antennas and Propagation from the same university in February 2003, developing a novel in-building wireless design and optimisation methodology. 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 and translated to Chinese in 2015. His book “Indoor Wireless Communications” will be published in late 2016 by the same publishers, Wiley and Sons. Back to top

Dr. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown

Intelligent Antennas for Wireless Communications PhD BEng MIET

Dr. Brown is Real Wireless’ expert in engineering design, testing and research for wireless communication systems. As well as his work with Real Wireless, Tim is an academic in mobile communications at the University of Surrey, 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. Furthermore, Tim has access to several laboratories including RF test and measurement facilities as well as an anechoic chamber to allow us to conduct custom test and measurement solutions for wireless communications by working together with other experts in Real Wireless. 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. Back to top

Malcolm Hamer

Malcolm Hamer

Propagation Modelling Expert BSc MIET

Malcolm Hamer joined Real Wireless in 2009 following 20 years’ distinguished career with British Telecom. At BT 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. He is 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 has represented British Telecom and the United Kingdom at the meetings of this group for many years. 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. He 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. In addition, he 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. Back to top

Mike Goddard

Mike Goddard OBE

International Spectrum Policy Advisor OBE BSc CEng FIET

Mike Goddard has 40 years’ experience in spectrum planning nationally and internationally in the UK administration. He 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. He was a member of the Board, and for a short period Chairman, of RSI International, a joint venture consulting business in the field of spectrum management. He has played a leading role in the development of spectrum reviews, national spectrum strategies, and more recently the development and implementation of ground-breaking spectrum reform in the public sector. 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. He 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 has also led delegations to three ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences and served as the UK Member of the ITU Council, including one period as vice-chairman of the Council. 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. He has 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.Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Electrical Engineers. 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. Back to top

Julius Robson

Julius Robson

Wireless Technology Consultant MSc BEng (Hons)

Julius Robson is a wireless technology expert with interests spanning from detailed minutia of bits, dBs and microseconds, to the development of industry ecosystems around emerging technologies. At the 2013 Small Cell Forum Industry Awards he was presented with the Chairman’s award for his contribution to small cell backhaul. He comes from an engineering background, gaining a first class degree from University of York in Electronic Engineering, followed by an MSc. with distinction in Microwave and Optoelectronics from University College London. He then 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. He then went on to become Nortel’s standards delegate in 3GPP RAN1( Physical Layer) , RAN4 (RF performance). Julius also 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. He has 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.  He is a regular speaker, panellist 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.Back to top

Stephen Priestman

Stephen Priestman

Wireless Regulation and Policy Associate BSc CEng MIET ARCM

Stephen Priestman is an experienced professional engineer who has held a number of senior positions in UK government bodies and in European industry, specialising in spectrum management, regulatory and government affairs. Over the course of his career, Stephen has gained significant experience in the fields of research, broadcast and telecoms engineering, regulation and public policy. He has particular depth of expertise in radio spectrum regulation and policy, as well as broader policy experience in the telecoms area. 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). Stephen gained a solid grounding in spectrum regulation thanks to a period of several years within the UK Radiocommunications Agency (later subsumed into Ofcom). He 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 was in broadcast engineering research and development, with a particular focus on radio frequency techniques and satellite transmission. Stephen was a part of the team which developed the UK’s first Direct Broadcast Satellite transmission standard during the 1980′s. Back to top

Ken Ng

Ken Ng

Radio Propagation and Cellular Planning Expert MSc CEng MIET

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. His skill set covers a wide area of radio communications ranging from theoretical analysis to projects implementation. He is skilled in applying theoretical work into a real business and commercial environments. He had 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. He 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 optimisation. At Cable and Wireless, he had worked on microwave and troposcatter links design and implementation, 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. Indoor systems includes 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 such as shopping centres, conference and exhibition centres. Conducted trial of IP based GSM system which has been used extensively in business premises where coverage is inadequate, and femto. He was the in-house expert on coverage, in particular on Ofcom business. Ken has a wealth of experience working with other internal and external operators, and agents. He was the editor of JOTS (Joint Operator Technical Specification) which has become the UK industry standard for shared indoor systems. He was the technical lead representing the UK operators in the Eurotunnel mobile system projects and was the Everything Everywhere technical lead in the London Underground project. Back to top

Richard Thanki

Richard Thanki

Economic Advisor MA (Oxon)

Richard Thanki is an experienced figure in the economics of telecommunications, and the public policy issues created by rapid change in this sector. He is Real Wireless’ key economic advisor and was 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. Rich led the economic analysis and was the architect of the major mechanisms used to ensure a mutually acceptable outcome in these complex negotiations. He assisted Kip in all of the discussions with stakeholders from industry and the public sector. In 2009, Rich was the author of a landmark study on the economic value of existing and future allocations of unlicensed spectrum. It showed that unlicensed spectrum was delivering substantial economic benefits and rapid innovation – which existing regulatory structures were incapable of unlocking. This study was commissioned by Microsoft and has influenced thinking in regulatory, policy and commercial circles. Rich was previously a senior associate economist and modeller at Ofcom, where he had deep involvement on a wide range of projects. He was a lead economist on the UK’s ‘digital dividend’ project where he worked on complex auction design and comprehensive economic value assessment. Rich graduated in 2002 from Keble College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Back to top

Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp

Wireless Core Network Consultant MA CEng MIET

Iain Sharp is Real Wireless’s resident expert on GSM, UMTS and LTE core networks, mobile data, multimedia and voice services. Iain’s expertise in wireless systems was gained through the international standards process. Iain started participation in ETSI GSM during the development of GSM Phase 1 in 1990 and he has been an active contributor to ETSI and 3GPP standards ever since. Iain served four years as vice-chair of the 3GPP Core Networks and Terminals Plenary. Iain has been closely involved in many of the developments of the 3GPP technology family including CAMEL, GPRS, UMTS Core, IMS and LTE Core. As well as taking a high profile in the standards process Iain has contributed to product roadmap development for leading vendors and solution design for mobile operators. He is particularly interested in how the growth of smartphone technology and new mobile applications like machine to machine impact mobile network design and business models. Iain holds several patents in mobile systems technology. Iain holds an MA in Electronics and Information Sciences from Cambridge University. Back to top

Damian Bevan

Damian Bevan

Wireless System Analysis MEng (Hons) CEng

Damian has worked extensively in the forefront of advanced wireless systems technology within the mobile wireless industry, 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. Damian 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. He has developed various wireless link and network modelling tools such as a) the Real Wireless ‘WaLT’ tool which carries out event-based simulation of coexistence between LTE and Wi-Fi for Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), b) congestion modelling for intelligent prioritisation and scheduling of packets on a shared wireless link with multiple traffic types and QoS classes, c) UE state-machine simulation for handover decisions in the LTE downlink, d) phased arrays, MIMO and interference cancellation, and e) Base Station deployment (e.g. antenna radiation patterns, tilts etc. in 3D). He is experienced in the use of Object Orientated approaches within such software models, typically using languages such as Matlab and Python. 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. Damian, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer, graduated from Loughborough University in 1991 with a 1st class honours MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.   Back to top

Becky Stuttard

Becky Stuttard

Economic and Business Strategy Advice BA MSc

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. Becky has a BA from Oxford University and a MSc from Warwick University. Back to top

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Len Schuch

Small Cell Strategy Expert BBA Finance

Len is a professional advisor specialising in the development and execution of small cell strategies for operators, vendors and other companies within the small cell industry and the wider eco-system. He has been at the forefront of the small cell industry since its inception in 2004 both on the vendor side as well as that of an operator. He was 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. He 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. One of his major corporate clients was Colt Technology Services where he developed and launched the world’s first Neutral Host Femto solution, “Femto as a Service” for mobile operators across Europe. Len has over 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. 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. Before telecoms, Len started his career in finance where he was responsible for investment portfolios specialising in early stage companies in Europe and the Middle East. He currently resides in the UK. Back to top

Mark Thomas

Spectrum Policy Advisor MA (Oxon) CEng FIET

Mark has extensive senior level experience in spectrum policy, notably with national regulation and international harmonisation. From 2007 to March 2015 he was the Director of the European Communications Office, the central office of the CEPT. CEPT is the association of Europe’s national spectrum regulators working collaboratively to bring their technical expertise and national responsibilities into harmonising the use of spectrum across the 48 member countries. From 2004 to 2006 Mark was Head of Broadcast Technical Policy at Ofcom as it both consolidated and expanded the UK’s leading role in DAB digital radio and as it prepared for analogue to digital switchover, with all its international complexities. As the new regulator Ofcom sought to increase the regulatory momentum to enable the benefits of technical convergence and neutrality. Mark joined Ofcom when it replaced the commercial radio stations’ regulator, the Radio Authority and four other regulators, including the Radiocommunications Agency. As the Authority’s Head of Engineering from start to finish (1990 to 2003) he was one of the UK’s key movers in the conception and successful implementation of its T-DAB digital radio ecosystem. This period also saw a rapid but orderly expansion of analogue commercial radio stations planned and enabled by the Authority. In the 1980s Mark worked as a project Officer at the European Commission, in a Road Transport Telematics research programme, and as a consultant telecommunications engineer at WSAtkins, and as a microwave and then systems planning engineer at Mercury Communications, and previously as a project engineer at the BBC’s studio capital projects department. Mark has a Physics degree from Exeter College, Oxford, and in 2003 obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology. Back to top

Ian Miller

Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor MEng, CEng, FIET

Ian has worked in the Mobile Telecoms Industry for over 25 years and has significant experience of cellular radio network technology, design, implementation and strategy, primarily through a career 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. The role also involved driving best practice, efficiencies and specific mobile access projects, including the establishment of LTE trials and subsequent rollout. Ian is experienced in many aspects of mobile network innovation, design, implementation and systems engineering, including:- 2G, 3G & 4G cellular network design & rollout, 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 begin 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 transfering to O2 Group to establish and lead a multi-country radio design and strategy team. He 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 holds a Masters degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from Aston University in the UK, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET. Back to top

Dr.Olasunkanmi Durowoju

Modelling Consultant PhD, Prince2, ITILv3

Olasunkanmi received his PhD, Wireless Communications (2011) and MSc, Mobile and Satellite Communications (2007) at the University of Surrey, UK. His BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering (2003) Obafemi Awolowo University. 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. Involved in end to end product lifecycle development. 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 optimization 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 ). Prio to Cisco, He worked as a research fellow at the University of Surrey where he undertook research on FP7 EU Project QoSMOS; Led team, prepared/coordinated and delivered Work Package (WP) reports (from Uni. Surrey) . Presented project progress updates in face to face meetings across Europe and also contributed to projects ACROPOLIS and EXALTED. Ola is the co author of several publications – “Distributed power control algorithm for cognitive radios with primary protection via spectrum sensing under user mobility”. Elsevier Journal of Ad Hoc Netw. – “A Comparison Between the Centralized and Distributed Approaches for Spectrum Management,” IEEE Journal of Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol.13, no.2, pp.274,290, Second Quarter 2011 10, 5 (July 2012).-Cognitive Resource Management for QoS Support in Mobile Opportunistic Communications(Link) Future Network & Mobile Summit (FutureNetw), 2011 – Distributed Power Control for Cognitive Radio Networks, Based on Incumbent Outage Information(Link) 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Distributed Power Control and User Selection Algorithms for Cognitive Radios(Link) 2013 IEEE 78th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Fall) etc He also authored/co-authoured some patents including “Blind Mobility Load balancing for Cisco small cells” and “Mitigation of Uplink Interference within Heterogeneous Wireless Communications Networks” (both filed with the US patent office). Back to top

Caroline Gabriel

Market Research and Telecoms Industry Analyst MA

Caroline Gabriel 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. Caroline is a co-founder of Rethink Technology Research, a leader in forecasting, research and thought leadership in the wireless and mobile arena. Prior to that, her 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. During her time focusing on the mobile industry, Caroline has worked on numerous research and advisory projects for a wide range of industry clients including operators, vendors and the finance community. She 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. Typical projects have included ecosystem surveys; operator deployment forecasts; input to operator strategic planning, especially about emerging technologies and spectrum; support for due diligence on venture capital or M&A projects. 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. Back to top

Ilya Averin

Wireless Systems Analyst PhD

Ilya is a versatile wireless systems engineer and has worked in the wireless telecommunications industry since 2001. He 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/visualisation, including extensive experience with tools such as Matlab, Labview, Mathcad, Excel. 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.). He is also involved in several IoT- related projects. 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. Ilya was awarded his PhD (University of Nizhny Novgorod , 2006) in Radio Engineering and Computer Science, specialising in wireless communications. Back to top 

Daniel Bradford

Communications and Signal Processing Expert MEng CEng MIET

Daniel is a Chartered Engineer with a first class MEng from the University of York. Daniel has nearly 15 years of experience working in the area of signal processing and wireless communications. Daniel is now an independent consultant. He 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 (contract and permanent) and amongst other projects successfully delivered a WCDMA physical layer from scratch in less than 9 months. Daniel has experience of a wide range of communications standards and technologies including SatCom, microwave backhaul, GSM, UMTS, HSPA and LTE. Daniel has proven experience in all areas of the product development cycle, including system specification, algorithm design simulation and verification, module implementation and testing, full system testing and product maintenance. Daniel is expert in Matlab and Verilog and is also competent in C, C++ and VHDL.Back to top

Mike Smith

Wireless Networks and Technologies Advisor PhD

Mike has almost 30 years experience in Telecoms network operators encompassing a variety of roles with significant recent experience of mobile network technology, design, implementation and strategy.
Leading the Telefonica Global LTE activities as part of the Global CTO office, Mike was responsible for driving best practice and efficiencies across geographically and culturally diverse operating teams. This included establishing the first Telefonica LTE lab and field trials across 6 countries followed by the subsequent rollout across the entire Telefonica footprint.
Mike has experience of many aspects of mobile network innovation, design, implementation and systems engineering. While LTE has provided a recent focus, work areas have also included aspects of 2G, 3G and more latterly the initial stages of IoT/M2M & evolution to 5G.
As part of this Mike has developed experience in areas such as vendor RFQ & selection, vendor management, network and feature design, license bid support, spectrum, standards & industry fora representation, strategy & business case development, plus development of network cost models including development of the first ‘Big Data’ scenarios in O2 Group. Mike has also experience with core network architecture, IMS and wider technology assessment.
Mike began his Telecoms career at BT Labs initially working on early broadband optical networks before moving into wireless technologies and mobile networks with O2 Group and Telefonica.
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William Webb

Wireless Expert BEng, MBA, PhD, DSc, DTech, CEng, FREng FIET, FIEEE

William is an independent wireless expert specialising in wireless technology and regulatory matters. He is also CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology. He was President of the IET – Europe’s largest Professional Engineering body during 2014/15.
He 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. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit. He also 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. Previously, William 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. William also 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. In 2015 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Southampton University in recognition of his work on wireless technologies and Honorary Doctor of Technology by Anglia Ruskin University in honour of his contribution to the engineering profession. His biography is included in multiple “Who’s Who” publications around the world.Back to top

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Elaine French

Commercial Property Expert MRICS Dip Arch

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.
Elaine 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.
A 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.
Elaine advises upon business development, creating opportunities and new business models in tandem with the property sector. Elaine 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.
Elaine will advise 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. Back to top

Simon Saunders

Prof. Simon Saunders

Co-founder and Shareholder PhD CEng FIET

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. Back to top