The Small Cell Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment worldwide, has today elected Vodafone’s Alan Law as its new chair.
Alan Law, previously the Small Cell Forum’s vice-chair, Europe has played an active role in forging the direction of the Forum for over six years. During this time, he has also chaired the LTE Special Interest Group, the Operator Group and represented Vodafone Group on the executive board. He will officially take over from outgoing chair Gordon Mansfield on 1 October 2014.
Day-to-day management of the Forum's activities will continue to be handled by CEO Sue Monahan, with Law responsible for chairing and setting the agenda for the Forum’s Executive Board and driving consensus amongst member organizations on topics of relevance to the advancement of the industry. He will also be a key evangelist for the Forum, addressing member needs and concerns, speaking at public events and acting as spokesperson for the Forum on key issues.
"Small cell deployments continue apace and are changing the very shape of mobile networks," said Law. "I am honoured to take over as chair at a time when the Forum is doing such fantastic work, from the hugely successful Plugfests to the ongoing release programme currently focussing on rural and remote deployments and virtualisation. I would like to thank Gordon Mansfield who has been an inspirational chair for the last 24 months and really helped the industry to become more creative, more disciplined and more focussed."
Sue Monahan, CEO, Small Cell Forum, said: “With more than 98% of operators believing small cells are critical to the future success of their businesses and more than 8.4 million small cells shipped worldwide, the industry is in a very strong position. The Small Cell Forum has been central to the industry's success to date but there is plenty of work left to do and no time for complacency.
“The importance of having the insights of a leading global operator as chair can't be underestimated, with Alan’s experience and knowledge making him the perfect candidate to take over the mantle and continue the great work started by Gordon and his predecessors.”
In conjunction with the election of the new chair, the Forum also announced its new executive board which includes representatives from: AT&T, SoftBank Mobile, Sprint, Vodafone Group, Airspan Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Intel, ip.access, NEC Europe, Nokia, SpiderCloud Wireless, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.