Independent wireless experts Real Wireless has recruited Simon Fletcher as chief technology officer. Fletcher joins Real Wireless from NEC Telecom Modus and brings an impressive range of experience to the role, particularly in team management and strategic business development, the company said.
The appointment comes as two new recruits also join the business. Dr. Raymond Kwan joins the company’s technology practice from Cisco (Ubiquisys), and John Stephens joins the deployment and lifecycle practice, drawing on his background in wireless system rollouts and planning at CommScope and Bluwan.
As CTO, Fletcher will take overall technical responsibility across the company as a part of the management team. Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion, Fletcher is described as bringing ‘an enviable network of contacts to Real Wireless alongside a proven ability to lead teams in delivering technical projects whilst identifying and meeting new strategic goals for the wider business’.
His long standing association with the UK Innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of knowledge on the application of stratetgic research through open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. In recent times his focus has been on future cities, the application of 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030.
“Simon is a talented and knowledgeable professional and a perfect fit for the company,” said Real Wireless CEO Mark Keenan. “In addition to assuming technical responsibility across the company, he will join as a member of Real Wireless’s newly strengthened management team. Here his leadership skills, detailed knowledge of sustainability strategy, and emerging technology insights will come together to help further build on the strength of the business, identify new potential value areas, and drive forward future growth.”
Fletcher commented: “It’s a great time to be joining Real Wireless as demand for wireless products and services continues to see massive growth with 4G rollout, 5G development and the Internet of Things to mention but a few areas. Real Wireless have a great history of adding value to all parts of the eco system for the wireless industry and end users and I look forward to helping the company achieve its growth ambitions whilst building relationships with all of our existing and new customers.”
Fletcher spent the past 20 years working in the design and development of technical telecoms infrastructure. Beginning his career in technology demonstrators at Racal Radar Defence Systems, he moved to Telecoms Modus in 1999 to play a key role in the development of 3G products and in 2006 he established a core architecture team that helped develop the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI), a global forum with a mission to assure the early adoption of LTE.
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.