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GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit


February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
February 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Hesperia Tower Hotel & Convention Center
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Avinguda de la Granvia, 144, 08907 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, Spain

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Mobile IoT (licensed spectrum low power wide area) networks will play an important role in connecting up the billions of new devices making up the IoT. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies have emerged to serve a diverse range of vertical industries and applications that use low data rates, require long battery lives, low cost, and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations. Mobile operators already run dozens of trials of LPWA technologies in licensed spectrum, standardised by 3GPP. The first commercial launches are planned for 2017.

The GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit will cover perspectives from the entire ecosystem and explore recent implementations and use cases of Mobile IoT. Gain insight into these fast growing technologies, find out how the industry is working together to realise its full potential, and hear from leading mobile operators and ecosystem players about their plans to launch and commercialise Mobile IoT networks in 2017.

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Speaker Presentations

AT&T – Cameron Coursey

Ericsson – Lars Martensson

GSMA – Graham Trickey

Huawei – Quan Yu

Nokia – Martin Beltrop

Orange – Ronan Le Bras

RM2 – David Simmons

Sierra Wireless – Nicolas Damour

South East Water, Australia – Philip Johnson

u-blox – Simon Glassman

University of St. Andrews – Bernie McConnell

Vodafone – Luke Ibbetson



13:00 – 14:00: Registration, networking lunch and demonstration viewing

14:00 – 14:10: Welcome and Introduction

14:10 – 15:10: Bringing Mobile IoT Technologies to the Market – Keynotes

15:10 – 15:55: The Voice of Mobile IoT Customers

15:55 – 16:20: Refreshment break and demonstration viewing

16:20 – 17:25: The Mobile IoT Ecosystem

17:25 – 17:30: Closing remarks


Confirmed speakers include:

Cameron Coursey

VP Product Development, and Chair of LTE-M Task Force, AT&T

From April 2009 to June 2012, Coursey was AVP of Product Realization within the Emerging Devices Organization, where he led device and network realization.

From December 2004 to April 2009, Coursey was Executive Director of Subscriber Product Engineering within the Chief Technology Officer’s organization of AT&T and Cingular Wireless. In that capacity, he oversaw the technical requirements development, certification, and post-launch technical support for wireless devices and smart cards used on AT&T’s domestic wireless network.

From July 2003 to December 2004, Coursey was Executive Director of Network Initiatives for Cingular, charged with overseeing technology aspects of Cingular’s merger with AT&T Wireless Services and with responsibility for Cingular’s labs and infrastructure planning.

From July 2000 to July 2003, Coursey was Director of Technology & Product Realization for Cingular, where he led the development and deployment of GSM/ANSI-136 Interoperability Team (GAIT) technology within Cingular’s networks that facilitated Cingular’s conversion from TDMA to GSM.

Coursey was instrumental in the industry efforts to specify GAIT from 1999 through 2001, chairing the joint GSM Association-Universal Wireless Communications Consortium team that developed the GAIT specifications. He was also vice chair of the GSM Global Roaming Forum of the GSM Association, and worked to globalize GAIT technology. During this time, Coursey was also granted multiple U.S. patents covering intelligent roaming for handsets and methods to implement private in-building systems that use wireless spectrum and technology.

In 1999, Coursey authored the textbook “Understanding Digital PCS: The TDMA Standard,” which describes the technology behind U.S. TDMA (IS-136) from a handset, air interface, and network perspective. Coursey was a key contributor to the IS-136 standard from 1996 through 1999, and helped to introduce IS-136 into Cingular’s networks during that time. He worked through the UWCC to develop the concepts of 136+, which led to embracing GSM as the next step beyond U.S. TDMA.

Coursey began his commercial wireless career at SBC Technology Resources, Inc., in 1991, where he worked on technology for sharing spectrum between PCS and fixed wireless, early wireless packet data field trials for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, and network planning for new wireless opportunities for SBC in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining SBC Technology Resource, he worked for McDonnell Douglas on advanced communications systems for military aircraft.

Coursey received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1987, graduating Magna Cum Laud.

Xiao Shanpeng

Deputy Director, Department of Wireless and Terminal Technology, China Mobile Research Institute

Xiao Shanpeng joined China Mobile in April 2007, and now,  is leading research and certification of wireless device for advanced technology.

Xiao Shanpeng is coordinating the IoT program in GTI. He also had been GCF board member, leading the LTE TDD terminal test and certification Project.

Prior to joining China Mobile, Xiao Shanpeng was a senior project manager in China R&D Center at Samsung Electronics, where he led a team focused on UMTS wireless product development.

Xiao Shanpeng holds a Masters of Wireless Communication from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

Lars Mårtensson

Vice President of Internet of Things, Ericsson

Vice President, Portfolio & Demand Management including Internet of Things within Customer Group Industry & Society.

Lars has been with Ericsson since 1994. He has held executive positions in R&D, Services and Sales including being Vice President Services for Market Unit South East Asia as well as Head of Operations for Region South East Asia and Oceania and most recently Vice President Development Unit Network Functions & Cloud.

Lars has a broad experience of working with leading technologies for the Core and Radio network and within the services area, working close to Ericsson’s customers..

Lars holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering  from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. Lars speaks Swedish and English.

He lives with his wife and four children in Stockholm.

Svetlana Grant

Project Director, Future IoT Networks, Connected Living, GSMA

Svetlana has over 15 years of experience in mobile industry. She has been a part of the GSMA’s Connected Living Program since 2009, working on the development of the Embedded Mobile Guidelines.  Thereafter she has managed the Smart Energy and Smart Cities market development projects.  Since March 2014, Svetlana has been leading the Future IoT Networks project and the Mobile IoT Initiative, working with the industry to identify emerging IoT service requirements, with a focus on low power wide area technologies.

Quan Yu

CSO of Wireless Product Line, Huawei

Mr. Quan Yu is responsible for the wireless network strategy planning and business development in the Huawei Wireless Product Line.

During his 19 years experience at Huawei, Mr. Quan Yu has worked in different departments: R&D, Product Management and Business Planning, and across different technologies: GSM, CDMA, WCDMA and LTE. His main contribution includes the first Chinese GSM solution development, CDMA450 solution development, introducing Multi-Carrier technology to CDMA and GSM network and planning SingleRAN solution.

Mr. Yu Quan graduated from Beijing University of Posts&Telecommunications in 1997. Then he joined Huawei as R&D engineer.


Alexander Quach

Senior Director, Communication and Devices Group, Intel

Alex Quach is responsible for the connectivity business within Intel’s Communications and Devices Group.  He is a 19 year Intel veteran and has held various management positions across the company in platform solution, wide area networks and unlicensed spectrum businesses.

Martin Beltrop

Head of Portfolio and Strategy, Advanced Mobile Network Solutions, Nokia

Ronan Le Bras

Head of Technical Strategy - Wireless Networks, Orange, and Chair of GSMA EC-GSM-IoT Group

Ronan Le Bras is Head of Technical Strategy – Wireless Networks at Orange Group in charge of the Network technical strategy for IoT & LPWA networks. He is contributing to the LTE-M Group of the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative since Mid-2015 and is also Chair of the EC-GSM-IoT Group.


Prakash Sangam

Director, Technical Marketing, Qualcomm

Prakash is a technologist with more than 20 years of experience in commercializing, and marketing wireless technologies. He is currently part of Qualcomm’s Product Marketing group, where is he is focused on wireless evolution. A prolific writer and blogger, he regularly contributes articles to Qualcomm’s OnQTM blog. His articles have been featured in leading domestic and international publications.

Sangam joined Qualcomm in 1998 and has served in many key roles in engineering and marketing. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Sangam was at Ericsson, where he performed a broad spectrum of business and technical roles. Prior to Ericsson, he was at AT&T’s Indian JV, helping them deploy some of India’s early GSM networks.

Sangam holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in electronics and communications from Karnatak University in India and a Masters of Business Administration from San Diego State University.

David Simmons

Chief Technology Officer, RM2 International S.A

David Simmons is CTO of RM2 a global, vertically integrated innovator in pallet design, manufacture, supply and logistics management. He is currently leading the RM2ELIoT product rollout utilising Mobile IoT to track and monitor millions of reusable BlockPAL pallets in a variety of global logistics systems.

Prior to this, David started his telecoms career with Nortel Networks in the mid 90’s designing the very first xDSL networks to combine VoIP, Video and Data services. He has since worked in a variety of senior technology roles in telecoms and beyond, including Researcher/Analyst at a small Infrastructure Fund in the City of London covering Smart Metering technology, General Manager of a Rural Broadband Start-up and Head of European Business Development at Mafic, a Composite Materials manufacturer based in the Republic of Ireland.

David holds a MEng with Honours in Systems Engineering from UMIST and an MBA from Imperial College, London where he won a variety of international prizes for his work on High Tech Start-ups in the Medical Device sector. He lives in Warrington, Cheshire and his idea of fun is coaching Junior Rugby League to a gaggle of nine year olds, usually in the pouring rain

Nicolas Damour

Senior Manager, Business and Innovation Development, Sierra Wireless

Nicolas Damour is Senior Manager for Business and Innovation at Sierra Wireless, reporting to the corporate Chief Technical Officer. Based in France, he holds a telecom engineering degree and a master degree in innovation management, and is responsible at Sierra for IoT standards and advanced projects and partnerships. He has worked intensively with other industry players on LPWA and Mobile IoT in the last years to bring this technology to life, and is coordinating the several Mobile IoT real-life demos for Sierra Wireless at MWC.

Philip Johnson

Chief Financial Officer, South East Water, Australia

Simon Glassman

Head of Strategic Partnerships, EMEA, u-blox

Simon Glassman is Head of Strategic Partnerships, EMEA at u-blox, a leader in semiconductor components for wireless communications and global positioning. Based in the UK, Simon has responsibility for developing and executing strategic partnering and market collaboration initiatives, with a particular focus on the rapidly growing Mobile IoT ecosystem. Key to this role is developing relationships with mobile operators, systems integrators and the IoT application enablement community.

Simon has almost 30 years’ experience in Telecoms and IT, working in strategic marketing and business development positions at companies including TomTom, Symbian, Motorola/Cisco, Unisys, Ovum, EDS and Thorn EMI. He has also worked on consultancy initiatives for UK development agencies and the European Commission. Simon’s specialisation is mobile value added services, developing market entry and engagement strategies for wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, services providers and application vendors. Simon has authored a number of published market reports on topics including computer telephony integration and voice processing.

Simon is a frequent conference speaker, panellist and chairperson on the global telecoms and mobile and value added services circuit, and has participated in numerous industry events worldwide.

Simon holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University, and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

Dr Bernie McConnell

Sea Mammal Research Unit, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews

Dr Bernie McConnell is Deputy Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews.  He also heads up the Unit’s Instrumentation Group research team.  This Group is at the global forefront of designing and producing novel telemetry solutions to track and monitor the behaviour of seals and whales.  Their ultra low power ‘tags’ can also collect, process and relay oceanographic information –  which both helps understand the underwater lives of marine mammals, and also feeds into ocean circulation and climate models.  He is keen to explore how such global endeavours can exploit, and perhaps influence, the evolution of the IoT.

Bernie works with an eclectic bunch of folk: statistical modellers, oceanographers, network theorists, government regulators, fellow biologists and, of course, the telecoms industry!  His influences include Jacques Cousteau and Jethro Tull, and he enjoys mucking around in old wooden boats.

Luke Ibbetson

Chief Engineer, Group R&D, Vodafone, and Chair of GSMA NB-IoT Forum

Luke Ibbetson has been with Vodafone since 1996 and currently heads the Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation, responsible for all aspects of network / IT research and strategy including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, definition of the architectural blueprint for future networks, trials of emerging / disruptive technologies and concepts and long term spectrum matters. Luke is leading Vodafone’s 5G programme and is a proud pioneer of Narrow Band IoT technology.



During the arrival lunch and refreshments break, Huawei will be showcasing innovative demonstrations using the latest low power wide area technologies. These can be viewed in the exhibition area of the venue.


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