SCF Small Cell Awards Judges

Caroline Gabriel

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.

Charles Brookson

Director, Azenby Ltd, Zeata Security Ltd, Floor 51 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 and Floor51 Ltd.

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 was awarded an OBE for services to Telecommunications Security in 2015.

Ian Scales (New to judging panel for 2019)

IT Journalist, TelecomTV

Ian Scales has been an IT journalist for 36 years. He’s edited several publications in the communications field including Communications Management, Datacom (which he launched), Communications International and New Carrier; and has spent a decade freelance writing and editing.

He is now Managing Editor at TelecomTV where he presents and writes.

Jasdeep Badyal

Senior analyst, GSMA

Jasdeep leads the creation and execution of all data models and research required to generate insight,opinion and metrics in support of the GSMA’s Future Networks programme, covering mobile network infrastructure, network economics and advanced IP communications. 

John Tanner

Editor-in-chief, disruptive.Asia

John Tanner has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. Before signing on at Disruptive.Asia in October 2016, 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.

“KenKen Rehbehn

Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Tracking radio access network (RAN) technology solutions providing value to consumers, enterprises and government. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Ken provides insight into mobile radio access network (RAN) network trends including 5G, LTE, HSPA and operator Wi-Fi. My coverage area also addresses emerging network low power, wide area (LPWA) network technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). RAN technology elements covered include base stations, small cells, base station antennas, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Self Optimizing Networks (SON), RAN service assurance and RAN planning software. In addition, with more than 40 years of experience in the fire and rescue service, Ken is an expert in public safety mobile broadband communications requirements and solutions.

Kyung-MunKyung Mun

Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts, Inc

Kyung Mun is a Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts Inc., a network of market and technology experts that analyze wireless markets.  He currently focuses on trends in Small Cells, Private LTE and 5G, Fixed Wireless Access, In-Building Wireless, Enterprise, and Industrial markets for wireless infrastructure.  With over 25 years in the mobile industry, he has held product development and technology strategy roles at Motorola, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, and a few startups in between.  Kyung Mun holds electrical engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech and received his MBA from SMU.

Robert Kompany (new to judging panel in 2019)

Senior Analyst, Research, Analysys Mason

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents.

Simon Fletcher (new to judging panel for 2019)

Chief Technology Officer for Real Wireless

Simon is Chief Technology Officer for Real Wireless, the world’s leading independent wireless advisory firm.

With over 20 years working in the design and development of technical telecoms infrastructure, Simons recent focus has been on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. 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.

Simon is also currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless, Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion.

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Sue RuddSue Rudd

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, Sue 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 modelling 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.

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.

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