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migration towards 3GPP architecture and, in particular, 5G.
He started his career with Alcatel in Paris working on the development of digital landline switches through analogue mobile systems to the GSM project. He went on to hold senior technical and product
management positions with Motorola’s cellular infrastructure division and represented Motorola in several ETSI standards groups.
Prior to VT iDirect, Lord was CTO of Altobridge and also held a position as a Systems Architect in LogicaCMG’s wireless products division. Lord holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork.
Benne beliefs that to thrive in a time of rapid digital development requires more than knowledge of the (digital) technologies. It requires a thorough understanding of the value propositions for the company, a strong focus on quick adoption in the whole supply chain and a well-controlled organization to come from idea to product.
Involved in the ESA initiative for 5G, prepares and implements technologies and services development activities to foster the integration of satellite and terrestrial solutions within the 5G and for various verticals. Interfaces with external stakeholders i.e. space and non-space organisations, national space agencies and EU, –DG Connect/Grow, to develop common understanding for the requirements for satellite systems and services, in view of convergence with terrestrial 5G networks.
She has more than 20 years of experience in satcom field. In her previous positions, she was with Eutelsat in the Systems Studies Division and the Space Engineering SpA in the Telecom Programmes Division.
From 2004 to 2009 he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Hardware-Software-Co-Design at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His research interests include formal verification, using symbolic methods for design space exploration of embedded systems, and automatic hardware- and software-synthesis based on SystemC.
In 2009, he joined Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS as a hardware- software-engineer. Here, he was responsible for the design and implementation of hardware-software-interfaces and high-speed FPGA hardware designs in ESA and EU projects as well as supervising student works on different topics, e.g. software defined radio and high-level synthesis.
In 2012 he was promoted to Senior Engineer and has contributed to the ESA SATINET project on LTE backhauling over satellite, the ESA project SCORSESE on distributing multimedia content via satellite-aided terrestrial networks, and the ESA project SATis5.
Besides contributing software to the Open Air Interface project (http://www.openairinterface.org), he is also member of the Open Air Interface Software Alliance (OSA) Technical Committee.
Catherine has over twenty years of market development experience in the satellite industry including the global commercial and government marketplaces. Catherine is also president of the Mobile Satellite Users Association, a 25 year-old organization focused on promoting satellite mobility for the purposes of communications, navigation and safety. MSUA hosts an annual Mobility Innovation Awards program during Satellite Week in Washington DC and disseminates Mobility News, a weekly culmination of mobility related news and information.
Simon has worked with Avanti in a Principle Consultant role from early 2012 on multiple ESA, UK, FP7 and H2020 projects. He has brought wide experience in the telecommunications and broadband network industries at a technical and commercial level to ensure technical and commercial direction. These projects have covered areas including the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, future satellite networks, modem/antenna design, cellular and Wi-Fi backhaul, mobility, and the network design for incubator services projects in East Africa offering Wi-Fi and multicast content delivery.
He was Hughes Network Systems Europe – Chief Engineer between 2001 and 2011 responsible for designing multiple networks to deliver customer requirements for BP and Camelot UK, as well as the definition of and the integrity of all network services and solutions across Europe and the Middle-East. Prior to this he worked at HNS Europe in multiple other roles between 1996 and 2001. His career started at BT International initially helping to design and implement ground station systems before providing VSAT systems in the North Sea for Oil Companies and a VSAT network in sub-Saharan Africa for a major UK bank. In addition designing digital line-of-sight and tropo-scatter systems for deployment in the North Sea for Oil Companies.
Simon regularly presents and participates in discussion panels, he has supported multiple technical papers and standards activities whilst at Avanti. He is an MIET.