Caroline Gabriel (Chair of judges)
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. Rethink focuses on RAN and core network deployments and produces forecasts and analysis based on an opt-in research base of senior executives at over 100 mobile, converged and IoT operators.
Service Director, Current Analysis
As Service Director of Current Analysis’ Service Provider Infrastructure and Mobile Ecosystem practices, Peter Jarich manages the firm’s syndicated research into the network equipment and software solutions deployed at telecom network operators as well as its cross-cutting, strategic wireless research. While leading the company’s analysis and tracking of the mobile infrastructure space (2G, 3G, 4G, service provider WiFi) this role sees Peter directing the company’s analysts looking into the Fixed Access, Digital Media, IP Services Infrastructure, Transport and Routing, and Vendor Services markets. At the same time, as head of the company’s new Mobile Ecosystem service, Peter drives collaboration between Current Analysis’ diverse wireless research assets, focused on topics ranging from mobile commerce and marketing, to device silicon, global spectrum developments, application development, operator business models, etc.
Founder and Senior Analyst, ThinkSmallCell.com
David Chambers is Founder and Senior Analyst at ThinkSmallCell.com, an independent website which has tracked the evolution of small cells from their early femtocell origins. With both an engineering and marketing background, and a career spanning product management and marketing for several large telecom vendors, he has gained insight and experience by meeting with mobile operators worldwide.
Well known throughout the small cell industry, David writes articles, white papers and presents at conferences on all aspects of the subject. Based in a firm belief that the only technical solution to meet strong data demand is rapid deployment of large numbers of small cells, David continues to be a strong advocate of their adoption whilst pointing out their technical and commercial constraints.
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Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights
Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst with Critical Communications Insights. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rehbehn provides insight into mobile radio access network (RAN) and core network trends including HSPA, LTE, 5G, small cells, base station antennas, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Self Optimizing Networks (SON) and operator Wi-Fi. In addition, with more than 40 years of experience in the fire and rescue service, Rehbehn is an expert in public safety mobile broadband communications solutions.
Director Service Provider Analysis, Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics Inc.
Sue has over 30 years’ experience with Communications Service Providers (CSPs) developing business cases for Mobile Broadband, Voice and Value Added IP services.
At Strategy Analytics she focuses on matching new technology to business opportunities for SON, HetNets, vRAN/Cloud RAN, Small Cells, Wi-Fi, Edge Services and Video Delivery Optimization as well as SDN/NFV and Telco Cloud Service Opportunities that demand virtualization, Network Slicing for QoS, Traffic Optimization, Global Roaming, Secure Signaling etc. Her reports cover competitive analyses of service platforms, OSS and database requirements and business cases to maximize CSP Revenue per GB.
Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Sue worked for Comverse Technologies (now Mavenir) developing business cases for converged fixed and mobile IP services, mobile Multimedia Messaging, IP Centrex services and VoIP over 3G, as well as modeling mobile operator service growth in multiple countries. Previously as a strategic marketer for Motorola Cellular in Chicago (now Nokia) she coordinated wireless data and messaging services, directed projects for mobile Network Management and Intelligent Networking and advised corporate management on service business investments and acquisitions.
Sue has also held multiple marketing and management positions at software and networking startups selling to Internet, Telecommunications and Mobile service providers. In her early career she was an IT Systems Analyst at UKAEA, University of Pennsylvania Computer Center, Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys) and Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN – now Raytheon) as it launched the second commercial Internet.
She obtained BA and MA in Economics from University of Cambridge, England and an MBA in Operations Management from the Wharton School. She completed PhD coursework at MIT’s Sloan School. Sue brings to Strategy Analytics a unique range of experience across wireless, fixed telephony and internet services.
Keith Dyer is founder and editor of The Mobile Network. He has 18 years experience covering the mobile network technology ecosystem as a journalist and editor. In 2013 Keith founded The Mobile Network, introducing a new voice to the media covering mobile network technology. Through a variety of channels, TMN specialises in understanding and making sense of the technology that helps operators design, plan, optimise and monetise mobile networks. In 2015 he launched Inside5G, a blog that has tracked early developments in 5G, with interviews with many key players.
Keith has tracked the development of the Small Cells ecosystem since its earlier days, covering new company launches, M&A activity and technical development. As industry focus switches to indoor and dense urban capacity, network densification, 5G and virtualisation of the RAN, he says that small cell technology enablers may have an increasing role to play in the network.
Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts, Inc
Kyung Mun is a Senior Analyst at Mobile Experts LLC, a network of market and technology experts that analyze mobile communications market. Over the course of his 20+ years in wireless and cable industries in a dynamic range of roles from engineering to product management and technology strategy, he has contributed to the advancement of mobile communication, while working at leading companies in the mobile value chain including Motorola, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, and a few startups in between. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
John Tanner has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. Before signing on at Disruptive.Asia, he served as Editor in Chief and Global Technology Editor for Telecom Asia. He has two degrees in telecommunications, and worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.
Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.
He played a central role in the creation of the ‘3rd Generation Partnership Project’ (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.
He was also principally involved in the formation of the ‘oneM2M’ Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.
Director, Azenby Ltd. Zeata Security Ltd.
Charles worked in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of the United Kingdom Government for twelve years, and is a Professional Electronic Engineer. He previously was Head of Security for the UK mobile operator one2one, and worked in British Telecom for twenty years before that, in the last few years in the Chairman’s Office. He has worked in many security areas over the last 40 years, including Cryptographic systems, secure designs, policies, auditing, and mobile radio for over 30 years. He now runs his own Company Zeata Security Ltd and is a Director of Azenby.
He was Chairman on the GSM Association Security Group for 25 years. He worked within GSM and 3GPP security standards, first chairing the Algorithm Expert Group way in 1986, which helped define GSM Security. He was also involved helping to define Public Key Standards and ISO 27000 Standards. He is Chairman of the ETSI TC CYBER. He was awarded an OBE for services to Telecommunications Security in 2015.