Strategic Infrastructure Advisor, City of London Corporation
Steven BageStrategic Infrastructure Advisor, City of London Corporation
Steven is leading the City of London’s Gigabit City Programme which includes the roll Wi-Fi and small cell infrastructure across the Square Mile and preparing the City of London to become one of the UK’s first 5G cities. Steven works alongside property developers, utilities and communications operators to ensure that the network infrastructure supporting the built environment in the Square Mile is world class. He has facilitated the delivery of utilities and telecoms services to over 10 million sq ft of new office floor space in the Square Mile, (including high profile developments such as Bloomberg, London Wall Place and many of the new developments within the Eastern City Cluster). He has influenced planning policy (including the London Plan) around infrastructure delivery, and developed and promoted award winning initiatives to improve connectivity and infrastructure distribution in dense urban areas.
Director of Spectrum Engineering, Ofcom
Armelle BoissetDirector of Spectrum Engineering, Ofcom
Armelle Boisset is a director in the Spectrum Group at UK communications regulator Ofcom. She leads the engineering team in support of Ofcom’s regulatory spectrum work, providing technical policy insight, test and measurement capabilities and contribution to international standards. Armelle holds a degree in engineering and has been working in the telecoms industry for over 20 years, in operational and leadership roles in the UK and internationally.
Director, Disruptive Analysis Ltd.
Dean BubleyDirector, Disruptive Analysis Ltd.
Mobile Technology & Futurism Analyst / Consultant
Dean Bubley (@disruptivedean, www.deanbubley.com ) is the founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm based in London. An outspoken analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in mobile / telecoms fields, with an eye on the broader technological and societal contexts into which they fit. He is one of the leading market observers and forecasters covering network infrastructure & software, telecom business models, voice/video communications and broadband/spectrum policy.
He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. Speaking at over 30 conferences and other events per year, and quoted by publications such as The Economist, FT & Wall Street Journal, he is an authority and influencer. He regularly appears in technology industry videos, podcasts and blogs.
His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors, regulators and industry associations. He also acts as associate director in charge of Network Futures research for STL Partners, and is an advisor to mesh-networking startup AmmbrTech. He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as emerging trend “myth-busting”, business model validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, "addressable market sizing", planning and due diligence.
His present focus is on 5G network technology, WiFi, spectrum policy, eSIM, blockchain & distributed ledgers, the “future of voice and video”, messaging & conversational commerce, mobile broadband, developer platforms, edge-computing and contextual communications. He also advises on wider trends in the evolution of cross-sector technologies like AI, IoT, automation and technology regulation/policy.
Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business, managed the Internet & Networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.
Head of Product Management, Small Cells & 5G mmWave, Nokia
Randy CoxHead of Product Management, Small Cells & 5G mmWave, Nokia
Randy serves as Head of Product Management for Small Cells and 5G mmWave within Nokia. He is responsible for the Small Cell and mmWave strategy, product portfolio and driving business development for small cells at Nokia. In this role, he works closely with Nokia’s customers and regional teams around the world to ensure the product portfolio meets our customer’s needs and enables new business with small cell technology.
Prior to leading the Small Cell Product Management team, Randy’s product management responsibilities included leading 4G Business Development globally for both Nokia Networks and previously at Motorola Networks prior to the acquisition by Nokia Siemens Networks in 2011. Before this, he served as Director, CDMA Program Management Office for the Motorola CDMA Systems Division. Prior to joining Motorola, he was part of the development team at Tellabs Inc.
Randy has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and throughout his career has held various leadership roles, including software development, system integration, program management, business development and product management.
Randy earned a BSEE from Marquette University.
Mike Cronin has worked in Mobile Communications developing software for the handsets and infrastructure and test since the launch of GSM. He leads a team of specialists at Node-H with similar in-depth domain expertise. Node-H has complete products in 3G and 4G small cells which run on different SoCs, are made by multiple hardware partners and are integrated with multiple eco-systems, delivering on the promise of disaggregation in RAN. Node-H is now adding 5G to its portfolio.
Partner & Co-Chair, Spectrum Access, Use and Value Group, UK Spectrum Policy Forum
Peter Curnow-FordPartner & Co-Chair, Spectrum Access, Use and Value Group, UK Spectrum Policy Forum
Founder of Viatec Associates, Growth Innovators Group & has held Non-Exec roles with many SMEs, been a board Advisor to SMEs and AIM listed companies and mentored many startup CEOs. Viatec assists organisations with decision making in the cellular, satellite & wireless infrastructure and device space, on investment, key operational and technology trends and 'our view' of the wireless landscape including spectrum use and acquisition, tower (cell site) development and funding, public safety & homeland security, handsets and cellular back haul including small-cell strategies. I am Exec Chairman of Growth Innovators Group which is focused on delivering Accelerated Sales Revenue Growth and Marketing Support to Innovative SMEs and AIM Listed companies. In addition we facilitate management teams with their funding aspirations. I have held Non-Exec roles in Plasma Antennas, Eisar, Bluenowhere, Safetipay, etc and am currently Board Advisor to Dahl Mobile Technology AB and Advisory Board Member to newmedia2.0. Viatec is focused on the Cellular, Mobile, WiFi, LTE Satellite and general wireless markets in the UK, EU, US & Canada, Africa and Asia. With active involvement in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan with technology and OEM/ODM manufacturers. It works with companies (entrepreneurs, executives and investors) to build and grow business to deliver maximum return and value in technology focused organisations in the Telecoms and Wireless space. Many years experience building European operations for EU and US organisations in the cellular device, infrastructure and wireless markets. Specialties: Mentoring, Leadership, Funding, Investment, Business Planning, Merger & Acquisition, Management Team Building, Governance, Wireless Market knowledge, Sales, Marketing, Operations. Member of Institute of Directors (IoD) & IoD Advance - Leader (Top 2%) at The Council of Telecomms Advisors at Gerson Lehrman Group - Logica Alumni - De Montfort University Alumni.
CTO, Real Wireless
Simon FletcherCTO, Real Wireless
Areas of Expertise: Small Cells, 5G, IoT, 3G/4G, LTE, C-RAN
Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as CTO. Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee.
Associated with the UK innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN. A recent focus on the practical application of 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. This is focused primarily on future cities.
Co-Founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research
Caroline GabrielCo-Founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research
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 in the hi-tech industries since 1986 and has a huge wealth of experience of technology trends and how they impact on business models. She 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. At Rethink her role has been to head up the wireless side of the business, leading the creation of research, newsletters and consulting services focused on mobile platforms and operator models. In this role, she has become a highly recognized authority on 4G systems such as LTE, and carrier network strategies such as HetNet, and a prolific speaker at industry events. Consulting and research clients come from major mobile operators, the wireless supply chain and financial institutions. Previously Caroline spent much of her journalistic and media career at VNU Business Publishing, the leading European publisher of technology news and magazines. While there, she held the position of Publishing Director for the launch of VNU’s pan-European Online Content Services, and then of European Editorial Director. She then made the move from publishing into technology market analysis and consulting, and in 2002 co-founded Rethink Technology Research with Peter White.
Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions, Colt
Mark GilmourHead of Mobile Connectivity Solutions, Colt
Mark Gilmour is Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions at Colt and reports directly to COO Keri Gilder, with his role focused on leading and expanding Colt’s mobile connectivity proposition. He plays a pivotal role driving Colt’s mobile strategy, while working with teams globally to strengthen the business’s position in the mobile market.
Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and joined Colt from Ciena where he held many roles across the business. Most recently he was the Senior Advisor for Product Line Management Cellular and Wireless, where he was responsible for bringing products to life in the wireless/cellular segment.
Over his career, Mark has also held various roles at mobile operators such as Three, Ericsson and Hutchison.
Director, Small Cells Business Development – Europe CommScope
Stuart HolyoakDirector, Small Cells Business Development – Europe CommScope
Stuart Holyoak is director of small cells business development in Europe. Stuart joined CommScope in 2017 to drive adoption of the CommScope OneCell solution with mobile network operators across Europe. In this role, Stuart helps operators, neutral hosts and end customers understand the value of the CommScope solution with a focus on operator acceptance, evolving new business cases and architectural and deployment benefits.
Stuart previously worked at another small cell vendor, ip.access for 7 years as global head of technical sales, T-Mobile UK for 14 years in numerous engineering, deployment and customer facing roles including managing T-Mobile’s 2G Small Cell network. He started his career in telecommunications by serving in the British Army Air Corps for 7 years.
MD Mobile Operator, Media and Broadcast Divisions, BT Wholesale
Gavin JonesMD Mobile Operator, Media and Broadcast Divisions, BT Wholesale
Gavin started his career in the telecoms sector in 1994, working for an American start up called MFS Communications which was acquired by WorldCom and subsequently Verizon. Gavin joined BT from Verizon in 2007 as Head of Sales in the Wholesale business. He ran the large outsource contract with KCOM in 2009 and then Fixed Network Operators in 2010. In 2013 he moved to run the Mobile Sector comprising all UK Mobile Operators. Gavin was appointed to his current role of MD Mobile Operators in 2016, leading the development of our small cell solution and working towards the network of the future.
5G Project Manager, City of Amsterdam
Burcu Kuzlak5G Project Manager, City of Amsterdam
Burcu Kuzlak is currently project manager of the 5G project at the City of Amsterdam. She is also part of Big Data Value Center. She is a member of the 5G PPP Trials Working Group. Within the 5G Trials Working Group she leads the 5G EURO 2020 Trial. Burcu also oversees engagement on 5G as multimedia, public security, and automated driving. Between 2014 and 2017 she was a project manager for research and innovation projects where she has been particularly active in the fields of Smart Cities, Data Protection, and Privacy. In May 2015, she received the award for the best woman in technology by The Ministry of Science and Technology in Turkey.
Joint Head of Barrier Busting Task Force, 5G Digital Infrastructure Directorate
Louise LancasterJoint Head of Barrier Busting Task Force, 5G Digital Infrastructure Directorate
Louise joined the Digital Infrastructure Directorate of DCMS in 2017, working on the 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme before joining the Barrier Busting Task Force, where she focusses on tackling barriers to deployment of next generation mobile networks. These include access to land, access to spectrum and the planning regime. Before joining DCMS, Louise spent more than twenty years in the telecoms industry, working for both fibre and wireless network providers in a variety of legal, regulatory and policy roles.
Group Director of Spectrum, Ofcom
Philip MarnickGroup Director of Spectrum, Ofcom
Philip is Group Director of Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding and licensing it. Philip has over 27 years' experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy. Philip has worked for UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).
Mobile Product Solutions, BT Wholesale
Ian NewburyMobile Product Solutions, BT Wholesale
Ian Newbury has 22 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. His career has spanned multiple areas including outsourced networks, IT, Sales, Customer Relationship and latterly Product Management where he leads Enterprises portfolio providing connectivity and solutions to the Mobile Operators for cellsites, his focus remains on ensuring that BT continues to lead the market through innovative and market leading solutions for both the existing estate and our evolution to 5G.
Chair, Small Cell Forum
David OrloffChair, Small Cell Forum
David Orloff is currently the Director of AT&T's RAN Product Introduction group with responsibility for delivery of RAN Infrastructure products and functionality including Macrocells, Consumer Femtocells, Outdoor and Indoor Metrocells, and Mutli-Standard Metrocells. He supports the strategic direction for new technology and novel network implementations managing the vendor relationships for product introduction into the AT&T network. David is Chair of the Small Cell Forum having represented AT&T on the Small Cell Forum Board since September, 2013. David has over 20 years if experience in the communications industry with leadership roles including Indoor RF Systems, Macrosystem RAN delivery, Small Cells delivery, and RAN optimization
Founder and Chief Executive Officer TowerXchange
Keiron OsmotherlyFounder and Chief Executive Officer TowerXchange
In 2012, Kieron identified an information gap: the separation of telecom infrastructure assets from retail telecoms, and the inauguration of an independent telecom tower industry, had taken place in the US and largely in India, but this transformational change was only starting to take root in other markets, and few people understood it. While many stakeholders didn’t understand the towerco business model, others didn’t understand what assets the towercos owned, what they might acquire next, and what M&A, improvement capex and energy efficiency investments they needed to undertake to drive value. TowerXchange was formed to fill that information gap; an editorially independent research firm and community host created to consolidate insights from the top 200-250 stakeholders in each regional tower industry. We started out in Africa, but the quality and focus of our research quickly drew us into CALA, Asia and more recently Europe and China: the footprint of TowerXchange now extends beyond emerging markets to cover every tower market in the world – except the mature US market, which we may start covering in 2017.
Kieron Osmotherly is a renowned TMT community host with seventeen years experience. Previously, Kieron was Managing Director of TMT and Clarion, where he launched the world’s largest community for Mobile Money practitioners. Kieron also has direct experience of M&A having introduced, led the due diligence and then managed the integration of £multi-million acquisition Avren Events, a boutique network telecoms events business. Prior to this, Kieron launched and hosted the Digital Asset Management User Community, driving this niche digital media software market from six early adopters to over 1,000.
CEO of Digital Colony's UK Digital Infrastructure Platform
Graham PayneCEO of Digital Colony's UK Digital Infrastructure Platform
Graham Payneis CEO of the Digital Colony’s UK digital infrastructure platform, leading growth within four key business pillars: fibre, towers, data centre and small cells. Graham previously provided executive level support to Vodafone on the Beacon project with Telefonica and CTIL, was the former key negotiator and then Managing Director of MBNL (EE and Three network share), and the Planning and Deployment Director of T-Mobile. In 2014 Graham co-founded Opencell, the UK’s first legal indoor mobile signal service provider. Unique in being able to deliver all four operator networks using small cells indoors, Opencell was recently acquired by the Digital Colony Partnership and merged with Stratto a specialist in-building DAS provider. The latest addition to the UK platform is outdoor small cell experts iWireless Solutions.
Corporate Development and Strategy Crown Castle
Mark ReudinkCorporate Development and Strategy Crown Castle
Mark Reudink is currently Director of Product Development at Crown Castle. Mark is responsible for defining business initiatives, evaluating emerging technologies and creating awareness and bringing to market solutions that leverage Crown Castle’s tower, fiber and small cell assets. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mark has held leadership roles in Engineering and Operations with major service providers and several startups. Mark holds a BS in Engineering-Physics from Pacific Luther University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. He has been granted 16 patents and has authored over 20 technical papers and presentations.
Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.
Puneet SethiSenior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.
Puneet Sethi is a Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm Atheros, where he has the overall responsibility for the small cells and cellular infrastructure business unit. He manages the business unit P&L along with the responsibility for execution, product roadmap and business development. He works with Qualcomm Atheros’ global sales organization to market Qualcomm Atheros’ portfolio of FSM products to operators and OEMs around the world. He drives 3G/4G/5G baseband SoC, SW and RF roadmap to meet the current and future needs of Qualcomm Atheros’ cellular infrastructure customers. Prior to his current role, he held various roles within the small cells business unit such as growing the business in Americas and Asia, and SW product management across the FSM portfolio. Puneet previously also drove the LTE PHY SW development at project at Qualcomm.
Prior to Qualcomm Atheros, Puneet held various positions at Ixonos, Radioframe Networks, Comneon and Ubinetics.
Director, Technology and Solution Development (4G, 5G & MEC Solutions) at Reliance JIO
Ravi SinhaDirector, Technology and Solution Development (4G, 5G & MEC Solutions) at Reliance JIO
- Versatile R&D Executive serving leadership roles in wireless industry with expertise in strategic planning, business analysis, M&A assessments, product development and technology strategy that will enable organizations to achieve its long-term objectives.
- Always at the forefront of innovation in the mobile, telecommunications and Sensor industries for the past 20 years with Director and Chief Architect roles at leading public and private companies.
- Leading innovation teams responsible for evaluating and managing emerging technologies. Product Development and Deployment of multiple 4G (LTE) and 5G (mmWave), WiFi (802.11AC/AX) Small Cell combo platforms as well as Stand Alone Carrier Grade and Enterprise Cloud based WiFi NW solutions with unified SoN platform for a country wide deployment.
- NW migration to 4.5G(LWIP/LAA/ IoT NW) platform based on popular SoC platforms (Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom, Realtek & Cavium).
- Vast Product Development exposure of a flexible vRAN Platform suitable for 4G and 5G solutions (Intel, Xilinx, Altera, ADI and TI based RaaS) and NFV/ SDN Platform with ONAP based Orchestrator.
- Executed multiple projects on traditional IoT platforms based on Qualcomm IoT Gateway platform combined with MQTT, CoAP, SNMP, KAFKA based solution. New projects on NB-IOT solution co-existence on Small Cell platform.
- Current areas of focus: Evolving Unlicensed spectrum based small cell projects (MulteFire and CBRS offerings at 3.5 GHz), MEC, 60GHz mmWave Xhaul solution and NR 5G Radios.
- Active contribution to the most popular working groups in small cell and virtualization domains (Small Cell Forum, m-Cord (Stanford), TIP-Facebook ).
- Specialties: Technological Strategy and Planning, Evaluating Emerging Technologies and business models, Network Architecture, Mobile Internet , Broadband Wireless Communications, SaaS, Product Development, IPR Management, Global Outsourcing, Corporate Restructuring, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Senior Vice President of Technology Programs, TIA
Harry SmeenkSenior Vice President of Technology Programs, TIA
Harry Smeenk has over 30 years of industry experience in wireline, wireless and IP network design, development, deployment and integration. He has led product development, business development, engineering, installation, and field service organizations across the United States working in start-up and medium-size wireless construction and deployment companies, as well as larger corporations such as Nortel Networks, Goodman Networks and others. At TIA, Harry leads the Technology Community’s initiatives focused on smart buildings, Edge Data Centers, virtualization, central office to data center transition and network service assurance. These Programs solve unique challenges, shape solutions and develop strategic guidance and frameworks to enable next-generation communications products and services across a variety of vertical markets spanning real estate, automotive, industrial IoT 4.0, telehealth and more. He has provided IoT and next-generation networking and wireless consulting expertise to numerous companies, started and sold 3 wireless construction and maintenance companies, and has held various executive-level leadership positions across the information and communications technology industry. Mr. Smeenk earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill, NC and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. Find him on Twitter at @HarrySmeenk.
Dr Clare Sommerville
Lead SCF FAPI, Wireless Systems Engineer in the Network Platforms Group, Intel
Dr Clare SommervilleLead SCF FAPI, Wireless Systems Engineer in the Network Platforms Group, Intel
Dr Clare Somerville is a senior wireless architect at Intel, where she leads a team defining platform enhancements to support 5G base-stations. She joined Intel in 2014 and has 20 years’ experience across multiple generations of mobile systems. In 2015 the Small Cell Forum awarded her the chair’s prize for outstanding contribution, citing her technical leadership for activities on FAPI and virtualized small cells.
Prior to Intel Clare spent 10 years at Picochip, where she was responsible for 3G, WiMAX and LTE small cell system architecture. Clare received both her MEng and Ph.D from the University of Southampton.
Executive Director, MarCom & Learning strategy at JMA Wireless.
Morten TolstrupExecutive Director, MarCom & Learning strategy at JMA Wireless.
Morten Tolstrup is Executive Director, MarCom & Learning strategy at JMA Wireless.
Morten is the author of “Indoor Radio Planning” an industry reference.
Morten has held several jobs for major telecom suppliers over the past decade, responsible for multiple flagship indoor mobile projects and deployments on a global scale.
In addition to this, he spent 13 years in several different engineering positions with a mobile operator in Denmark, mainly focusing on indoor RF planning, tunnels, airports, and small cells.
Morten has presented at 50+ conferences, papers and is always prepared to share knowledge, “best practices” experience and lessons leant
CEO, Webb Search
William WebbCEO, Webb Search
William is an independent consultant at Webb Search and CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing IoT technology. 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. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015.
William has published 16 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities and in 2018 was awarded the IET’s prestigious Mountbatten Medal for technology entrepreneurship.
Summer Chen Zhiping
Director of Wireless Solutions, ZTE Corporation
Summer Chen ZhipingDirector of Wireless Solutions, ZTE Corporation
Ms. Summer Chen is in charge of the development of ZTE innovative wireless solutions including in-depth research on 5G key technology, end-to-end solution and commercial deployment practice. She has been gaining a deep understanding of the industry's trend and technology innovation while engaged in technological R&D and marketing of 2G\3G\4G\5G telecommunication systems during the past 20 years. She frequently participated in the events held by GSMA and NGMN, etc. , involved in the internationalized cooperation research and established solid relations with elites from the global industry. Wireless solutions including ZTE Pre5G, CloudRAN, andQCell, etc. which developed under her leadership, received great response in the industry. During the first 10 years after she joined ZTE, she has accumulated rich R&D experience in radio frequency and system design. She then put all efforts in 4G/5G integrated solution and customer demand analysis. Her research scope includes Pre5G, CloudRAN, IoT and 5G end-to-end solutions.
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