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Expert in Telecommunications, IT Staretegy and Operations, Procurement, Budgeting, Technology Strategy, Service Strategy

Expert ID: 737978 United Kingdom

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Expert is Head of Network Engineering. He is well-versed with technologies from both technical and commercial perspectives. He is an expert in the areas of Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Technology Strategy.

Expert is a seasoned technologist who is passionate about the introduction and commercialisation of technologies with outcome-based delivery. Throughout the 11+ years of his career journey, he has been leading niche and critical technology initiatives through his strong technical and management skills. Expert is proficient in managing complex technical programmes, formulating strategic initiatives, and effectively communicating ideas and technical information to all levels of the organisation. Expert is highly collaborative and well versed in intercultural business communication practices due to his in-depth experience working with business partners across the globe such as Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Collaborating in various volunteering roles has been a big passion of his; to make a valuable contribution to communities in general.

Expert currently works for a national innovation network sponsored by DCMS, that drives the promotion of research, collaboration and commercial application of 5G in the UK.

He was a Senior Product Manager at Telefonica UK (12/2012 - 12/2021).

He was Senior Product Manager (5G) at Virgin Media O2 (03.2021 - 12.2021), Technology Strategy Manager (02.2019 - 03.2021), Senior Test and Integration Engineer (12.2012 - 02.2019): leading architecture, design, and delivery of 5G IT programmes, Leading team of solution architects and designers for new technology development and commercial rollout of 5G, Leading all technical aspects of 5G products in the IT portfolio including architecture, solution design and service design.

Areas of Expertise:
- Team leadership
- Complex programme management
- Solution architecture and design
- Multi-million-pound budgeting and procurement
- Technology strategy and roadmap management
- Product development and management
- Senior leadership and stakeholder advisory
- Cellular Technologies (5G SA, 5G NSA, LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, VoWiFi, LTE, HSPA, UMTS)
- Issue and defect management of Mobile Operating Systems (Android, iOS)
- Standards and frameworks (3GPP, ETSI, GCF, GSMA, MANO, OPNFV, TIP, O-RAN Alliance)
- Cellular Protocols (L3 NAS RRC, L2 SDAP PDCP RLC MAC, L1 PHY)
- Network Virtualisation (NFV, NFVI, VNF) and Cloudification (Kubernetes, Terraform, Ansible)

Core Competencies:
- Stakeholder Management
- Problem Solving
- Time Management
- Communication Skills
- Team Leadership
- Design Thinking
- Innovation Management
- Decision Making

He is located in the UK.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2010 Degree: MSc Subject: Communication Engineering Institution: The University of Manchester
Year: 2008 Degree: B.Sc. Engg. Subject: Electrical & Electronic Institution: IUT-OIC, Dhaka

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2022 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Head of Network Engineering Department: Engineering
Responsibilities:
• Reporting to Director of Engineering and heading the architecture, design, build and operations of circa £15m SONIC SmartRAN Open Networks Interoperability Centre (SONIC Labs).
• Responsible owner to solve SONIC Lab's complex architecture challenges and build state-of-the-art Open RAN test facility for outdoor and indoor Open RAN testing and integration; aligned with UK Government's Grant Funding Agreement and Telecom Diversification Strategy.
• Leading team of senior solution architects and designers to build and commission the common infrastructure (private cloud), outdoor and indoor OpenRAN mobile networks.
• Driving system integration activities to support SONIC Labs customers in their innovation journey through integration and interoperability testing.
• Leading as a subject matter expert across mobile network infrastructure and solutions, with a focus on open networks and virtualised networks.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2021 Employer: Virging Media O2 (Telefonica UK and Group) Title: Senior Product Manager, Technology Strategy Manager, Senior Test and Integration Engineer Department: IT and Operations
Responsibilities:
• Leading architecture, design, and delivery of circa £300m SG Standalone programme. Have successfully solved the complex architecture challenges to be cost effective and strategically aligned to business vision saving business the future rework costs.
• Leading team of senior solution architects and designers for new technology development and commercial rollout of SG SA. Have successfully implemented a product mindset within team to keep a focus on outcome-based delivery with customer experience at heart. This has enabled Expert's team to deliver solution designs to be 'Right First Time'; that is meeting key business KPI and saving rework costs.
• Leading all technical aspects of SG products in the IT portfolio including architecture, solution design and service design.

- Driving devices strategy with internal and external stakeholders such as Corporate Strategy and Apple. This has a powerful impact on wider business to align key initiatives with devices strategy to meet customer needs and stay competitive within the marketplace.
- Led the successful technical negotiation of 5G capabilities and features with Apple and Samsung in Madrid, Spain which influenced company's network investment and strategic direction for the next phase of 5G rollout and spectrum auction bidding worth in total circa £700m. Identified the gap and created a Devices Capability Roadmap for business; a concise 3-year vision document with regards to devices capabilities which has influenced and shaped the key deliverables of internal stakeholders and became a go-to reference within the wider business.
- Delivered sales forecast for 5G devices relative to each variant of 5G capability to direct 5G programme and corporate strategy with prioritisation of network investment for relevant use cases, therefore, always staying relevant to customer and market needs. Creating requirements and driving initiatives at Telefonica GCTIO (Global Chief Technology & Information Office) around wireless technologies and their commercialisation.
- Delivered 5G Smartphone requirements in early 2019 to ensure end-customer needs, use cases and alignment with wider network strategy. Leading with a subject matter expert hat within the Marketing division regarding devices technology and associated services. Collaborated with the Propositions team to evaluate current tariff plans in aid of upcoming technical enhancements within devices.
- Led the creation and implementation of new technical requirements for O2UK devices to control insurance fraud on stolen devices.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Deutsche Telekom AG Title: Test & Integration Engineer Department: Engineering
Responsibilities:
IOT (Inter-Operability) testing for new cellular technologies to ensure technical compliance and desirable customer experience when customer buy and use T-Mobile portfolio devices. Have successfully led the technical approval of 3G and 3.5G capable portfolio devices for respective years.
- Analysing the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) by parameter modifications and coordination with the vendors to drive overall devices and network performance.
- Led the introduction of new 3GPP features within network to achieve KPI targets.
- Developed test cases and design requirements for devices and radio networks to ensure that integration of network and end-user experience has been validated and accredited. Technical lead for SIM/USIM IOT (Inter-Operability) testing and RF Conformance testing.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
- OpenStack and NFV (Udemy)
- Data Center Infrastructure Design (Udemy)
- Python Hands-On Programming (Udemy)
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence (PMI)
- Enterprise Architecture Foundations (LinkedIn)
- Business Acumen (PMI)
- ISTQB Foundation (CTFL)

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native
Urdu Native
Punjabi Native
Arabic Advanced

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