Richard Mackenzie

Principal Researcher, BT

Richard is a Research Manager in Wireless and Mobile at BT Labs. His work on 5G has a particular focus on creating an ecosystem for RAN virtualization, network automation, and the use of small cells. He is a technical representative for BT at many industry fora, including Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN), where he is Chair of the RAN Functional Split and X-Haul Group; Telecom Infra Project (TIP), where he is Co-Chair of the OpenRAN 5G NR – RAN Intelligence & Automation (RIA) project, and was co-chair of the now graduated vRAN Fronthaul project; O-RAN and Small Cell Forum (SCF).

He has an M.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from the University of York and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Leeds. Since joining BT in 2009 he has worked in spectrum management, cognitive radio, small cells and next-generation technologies. He has been involved in EU projects, in particular QoSMOS, where he was a work package leader for the network architecture design. He was a Spectrum Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was part of BT’s bidding team for the U.K. 4G spectrum auction.