Communications Infrastructure Council

This group brings together techUK's member companies with an interest in fixed-line and wireless telecommunications infrastructure.

With participating companies, from across the telecommunications value chain (operators / ISPs, network service providers, manufacturers and technology providers, and software suppliers) it provides the collective industry voice on improving and developing the market and on the Government policy and regulatory issues that affect it.

The group is also well connected with senior Government and Ofcom decision makers who look to us for an overall independent industry perspective.

The main purposes of the group are:

  • develop informed industry positions on key Government and regulatory matters and provide constructive engagement with official decision makers
  • facilitate sharing of knowledge and interactions across the telecommunications value chain, and
  • provide industry thought leadership on technology and market development

This Council is invitation-only. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.
 

Chair:   Wassim Chourbaji, Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa, Qualcomm

Wassim Chourbaji is Qualcomm’s Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of Qualcomm’s Europe Leadership and the Managing Director of the EU Brussels Office. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy, regulatory affairs and senior government relations in the region. Mr Chourbaji leads a senior team in Brussels, London, Paris, Munich, Rome and Dubai responsible for innovation, technology, intellectual property, digital economy, spectrum, standardization, data protection and antitrust policy. He has been appointed member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and is also the Chairman of techUK Communication Infrastructure Council. Mr Chourbaji studied engineering and mathematics.
 

Vice-Chair:   Chris Cheeseman, Head of Spectrum Policy, BT Group plc

Chris Cheeseman is responsible for BT's spectrum strategy (mobile, fixed microwave and satellite networks) and plays a leading role in the development of BT's future mobile plans. He has played an active role for many years in a wide range of external industry and regulatory groups and has extensive international experience of spectrum management work in bodies such as the ITU and the European CEPT organisation. Within the UK Chris plays an active role in groups such as the UK Spectrum Strategy Forum and is the BT representative on the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board. He deals on a regular basis with Ofcom and Government on a wide range of spectrum and regulatory issues.

During his career with BT he has gained 30 years of experience in wireless communications since graduating from Queen Mary College (London University) in 1985. Chris is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
 

Vice-Chair:   Ian Corden, Director, Plum Consulting

Ian is a Director with Plum Consulting – an independent consulting firm, with over twenty years of experience in strategy and technology consulting in the telecoms and digital sectors.

Formerly with PwC Strategy Consulting (TMT) London, Coopers & Lybrand MCS (Telecoms) London, and with extensive industry / international experience, he has advised telcos, vendors, governments, and investment focused clients across numerous areas including: M&A / transactions support, spectrum management, regulatory policy and cost analyses, commercial / operational / technical due diligence, business and technology strategy development / alignment, strategic sourcing / vendor management, investment appraisal, cost management, financial and operational modelling / benchmarking, portfolio management, business performance improvement, organisational restructuring, programme assurance, and expert witness.

Ian also brings ‘hands-on’ infrastructure delivery experience, gained via CTO and NGN Director roles. His core interests are in strategic analysis across the business – technology intersect, and innovation / restructuring of the telecommunications industry to meet market, performance and investment goals.

During the early part of his career, he worked in defence systems and mobile radio and was awarded the Bell Labs President’s Prize for innovation at Bell Labs NJ USA in CDMA mobile radio access development. Ian holds PhD and BSc (1st Class Hons, with IET Graduation Prize) degrees in Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. He is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK based IET.

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