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Future of 5G Summit

November 14, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:15 pm

Thought-leadership roundtable event on the future of 5G communications, impartially convening the ideas and work of large corporate and academia towards creating a 5G network ahead of (or at least in line with) the 2020 deadline of international expectations. Speakers include:

• Prof Mischa Dohler, Professor of Wireless Communications and Co-founder at Worldsensing

• Senior Strategists from Telefonica, EE and Vodafone

A networking buffet lunch will be provided.

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Paul Ceely

Head of Network Strategy, EE

Paul has worked in network strategy and IP networking for over 16 years and has held a number of influential roles for market-leading fixed and mobile telecommunication providers. He is currently Head of Network Strategy for EE, the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network operator servicing over 27 million EE, Orange and T-Mobile customers in the UK.

Paul joined T-Mobile in 2005 in the UK network transport team, and has been working on LTE since 2008 where he developed the end-to-end transport architecture as part of the Deutsche Telekom Group programme. Prior to that he worked for BT and a variety of network consultancy startups after graduating in Physics from Cambridge University.

Paul has been responsible for developing, driving and communicating the medium to long-term Network Strategy for EE since its formation in 2010 from the merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK and was instrumental in the strategy and planning that underpinned EE’s highly successful 4G launch in 2012, almost a year before its nearest competitor. Since the launch of 4G, Paul has continued to drive EE’s competitive advantage on network coverage and technology.

Geoff Varrall

Executive Director, RTT Programmes

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT’s international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry.

He co-developed RTT’s original series of design and facilitation workshops including ‘RF Technology’, ‘Data Over Radio’, ‘Introduction to Mobile Radio’, and ‘Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed ‘The Oxford programme’, a five day strategic technology and market programme. Over the past twenty years, several thousand senior level delegates have attended these programmes.

A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York).

Geoff’s fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012. He also writes regularly for a number of European trade journals and chairs a broad cross section of industry conference and trade events.

Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience.

Luke Ibbetson

Chief Engineer - Group R&D, Vodafone

Luke has been with Vodafone since 1996 and is currently leading the Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation. Luke is responsible for all aspects of network / IT research including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, definition of the architectural blueprint for future networks, trials of emerging / disruptive technologies, the evolution of mobile security and long term spectrum requirements. Luke led Vodafone’s exploration of alternative access solutions “beyond 3G” and is now shaping Vodafone’s 5G strategy. Luke has a passion for fresh thinking and has successfully championed the introduction of many new technology start-up companies within Vodafone.

Prior to this, Luke worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds for over six years, undertaking contract research for companies including BT Laboratories and Cellnet (now Telefonica O2). Luke graduated from the University of Leeds with a first degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and was awarded an MSc by Research in 1992. Luke holds Chartered Engineer status with the Institute of Engineering Technology, and is married with two children.

Prof Mischa Dohler

Professor of Wireless Communications and Co-founder, Worldsensing

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, has more than 200 publications, and authored several books. He has a citation h-index of 39 (top 1%).

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, House of Lords UK, UK Ministry BIS, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in six languages. He has talked at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on BBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr Mike Short CBE FREng FIET

Vice President - Telefonica

Dr Short has held positions in Electronics and Telecommunications for 39 years . He has had experience with 5 Generations of Mobile technology and mobile data services including the establishment of a new 5G innovation centre based at Surrey University .   He has been involved in mobile licence bids, network launches and in recent years Innovation for business development in areas as diverse as connected cars , smart metering, smart cities and emergency services.  He is particularly interested in the conjunction of Mobile and the Internet industries whether for creative innovation or for organisational transformation.

He is a former elected Chairman of the global  GSM  Association and UK Mobile Data Association, and a former President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET – 2011/2012)

Prof Irene Ng

Professor of Marketing and Service Systems, University of Warwick

Irene Ng is the Professor of Marketing and Service Systems at the University of Warwick, leading the trans-disciplinary Service Systems Research initiative within the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). Irene is involved in several government-funded research projects in the digital economy, including being the Principal Investigator of the RCUK Hub-of-all-Things (HAT) project as well as co-investigator of the RCUK New Economic Models of the Digital Economy (NEMODE) Network+ project.

Prior to joining academia, Irene was an entrepreneur for 16 years as CEO of SA Tours, one of Southeast Asia’s largest tour operators, and the founder of Empress Cruise Lines, which she had built into a venture worth US$250 million in annual turnover when she sold it in 1996. Since becoming an academic in 1997, Irene has received global recognition for her work in value, new business models and service systems, with 22 journal articles, three books and national appointments such as the ESRC/AIM Services Fellow in 2008 and ESRC/NIHR Fellow in 2009. Her latest book Creating New Markets in the Digital Economy was recently published by Cambridge University Press in early 2014

Irene’s research lies in the transdisciplinary understanding of value; understanding, creating, designing, pricing, contracting and innovating based on value, as well as new business models and value co-creation in complex service systems.

Professor David Hendon CBE FREng

Visiting professor at Surrey University and chairman of the 5G Innovation Centre’s Strategy Advisory Board

David Hendon is a visiting professor at Surrey University and chairman of the 5G Innovation Centre’s Strategy Advisory Board.  He is also a part-time senior advisor at Ofcom, working on spectrum, international strategy and network resilience issues. He is independent chair of the 4G/TV Co-existence Oversight Board established by DCMS,  a member of the Smart Meters Steering Group & Strategic Programme Board at DECC, a non-executive director of ContinuumBridge Ltd and MAC Ltd.

Formerly a career civil servant, from 2002-11 David was a Director in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills where he was responsible for BIS’s business-facing activities and policy for the electronic communications and ICT sectors.  From 1998-2002 he was CEO of the Radiocommunications Agency, which managed UK radio spectrum prior to the establishment of Ofcom. He was Chairman of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute from 1996 to 1999.

Erik Jacobson

Global Product Manager, Connected Device Engineering Services (CDES) group within Accenture Digital

Erik Jacobson is a global product manager for the Connected Device Engineering Services (CDES) group within Accenture Digital. Jacobson has been in in the embedded engineering industry including mobile, automotive and off-shore oil & gas, for over 20 years. Current activities include MYOD (Make Your Own Device), vertical-specific B2E wearables, technology-enhanced clothing, open innovation (hackathons & the maker mindset) and M2M security.


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