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.
Editor of The Mobile Network
Keith Dyer is editor of The Mobile Network, a title that tracks the development of mobile network technology and mobile operators’ network investment strategies.
Keith has tracked the development of small cells since the foundation of the SCF, both in terms of vendor R&D and operators’ deployment strategies. He has enjoyed being a judge of the Awards on several previous occasions.
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, Simon’s recent focus has been on future cities, the application of 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.
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.
Head of Global Content and Research, TowerXchange
Laura Graves has worked with industry organization TowerXchange for over five years, initially heading up the EMEA division and now working as head of Global Content and Research. Laura has extensive experience working with the neutral host and towerco industry across the EMEA region. Laura’s research continues to cover EMEA, with a current emphasis on the European market, working closely with industry stakeholders to track deals, trends and the evolution of the towerco business model.