Public Protection and Disaster Relief

ETSI and CEPT/ECC are pleased to announce the workshop “Public Protection and Disaster Relief: Regulatory changes and new opportunities for Broadband PPDR”.

The event will take place on 29 September 2016, in ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France.

This one-day workshop on Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR) will provide a platform for all relevant parties, especially standardization and manufacturing industry, PPDR organisations (authorities, service providers), spectrum regulators, PPDR users (police, fire brigade, ambulance services), Interior Ministries. The workshop will inform the audience about the up-to-date situation on BB-PPDR, will identify required future activities in various areas (standardization, national implementation, regulation) and will foster the interrelation between those areas.


The event will provide  an overview about the existing achievements in CEPT/ECC on Broadband PPDR (ECC Reports, ECC Decisions and ECC Recommendations) as well as the process behind, from the original ETSI system reference document to the ECC Decision (ETSI-CEPT/ECC collaboration process). The BB-PPDR regulatory harmonization approach will also need technical conditions to be adequately covered and specified in detail in the future ETSI harmonized European Standard and further ETSI standards and specifications to achieve interoperability and cross-border communication. This will also include the clear identification of the areas for which solutions are still outstanding or still need to progress.

Information about the existing standardization activities (agreed standards and specifications as well as already agreed work items) in support of the CEPT initiative in 3GPP and ETSI will be set out. In addition, standards conformance and interoperability are very important for BB-PPDR, especially when seen under the flexible harmonization concept for BB-PPDR as decided by CEPT. ETSI will outline the support and tools available in the ETSI Centre for Testing & Interoperability.

The workshop will set out the existing achievements and already agreed standardization activities, complemented by forward-looking presentations. Status reports and national case studies from various countries will be presented. Roadmaps and main expected challenges will be reported to give a good overview of what can be expected for national implementation of BB-PPDR networks.

The workshop will also give a platform for industry and stakeholder associations to provide their perspective. This will provide some reflection on the CEPT spectrum harmonization approach, the standardization activities, and may identify, from another perspective, the need for outstanding challenges which are still to be solved.

The outcome of the workshop will support the ongoing activities in the area of standardization (ETSI, 3GPP). It will also show the options for the national choice of the most suitable implementation model, the selection of the relevant frequency ranges and decision on the amount of spectrum, based on the European results on BB-PPDR.

Programme Committee

  • Chair: Thomas Weilacher (BNetzA, CEPT FM Chair)
  • Holger Butscheidt (BNetzA, ETSI ERM Chair)
  • Laurent Bodusseau (ANFR, CEPT FM49 Chair)
  • Michael Sharpe (ETSI)
  • Thomas Weber (ECO)

Sessions Outline

Session 1:  Setting the Scene

The objective of session 1 is to generally inform the audience about the status quo on BB-PPDR achievements, and also about what has been left without a solution yet.

The established cooperation process between ETSI and CEPT/ECC will be explained, the results which have been achieved and activities carried out so far will be introduced in session 1.
CEPT/ECC has developed various ECC Reports on radio compatibility and regulatory matters. Based on that, ECC Decision (16)02 has been developed which provides the technical conditions for BB-PPDR in the 700 MHz and 400 MHz ranges.

In the area of standardization, PPDR is under discussion within ETSI EMTEL (Emergency Telecommunications), ETSI  TCCE (TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution), 3GPP SA6 (Activity on Critical Communications) and the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) Task Force on Emergency Communications.

Session 2: Standardization Activities

The objective of session 2 is to inform the audience on what has been done so far in the area of standardization (including already agreed work items).

During this session, the activities in the area of standardization which have been carried out so far will be shown more detailed. This covers standards and specifications related to the physical and spectrum access layer as well as those relevant for interoperability. Interoperability (including communications protocol conformance) is also a major aspect for the intended cross-border operation and communication. Additional standardization activities will be required based on the European options for BB-PPDR spectrum designations.

Session 3: National Case Studies

The objective of this future oriented session is to exchange views and ideas on possible implementations for BB-PPDR on national level including the identification of potential challenges.

Possible options for future BB-PPDR implementations based on the flexible harmonization concept have been discussed over the last years and are now reflected in the CEPT/ECC deliverables. European countries currently are considering which model is the most appropriate for their relevant circumstances. Dedicated PPDR network, solutions based on commercial networks as well as hybrid models are under discussion. Countries which have already come to a decision or are in the position to provide ideas or plans on the future implementation will introduce their views.

Session 4: Future Challenges: Work in Progress

The objective of session 4 is to introduce the ongoing work and to identify necessary future activities from industry and stakeholder perspective including the identification of potential challenges.

This session, complementary to session 3, is relevant for providing long term views from the industry and public safety experts. Companies providing technology for PPDR networks and for PPDR user equipment as well as other stakeholders will introduce their views and future oriented plans.

Session 5: Closing Remarks, Wrap-up

The major outcome based on the presentations and discussions, relevant follow-up activities and key elements resulting from this one day workshop will be summarized during this final session, commonly moderated by ETSI and CEPT/ECC.


08:30 Check-in
09:00 Welcome address
Luis Jorge Romero Saro, ETSI Director-General
09:10 - 10:25 SESSION 1: Setting the Scene
Moderator: Eric Fournier, Chairman of the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC), ANFR France
  The objective of session 1 is to generally inform the audience about the status quo on BB-PPDR achievements, and also about what has been left without a solution yet.
09:10 CEPT/ECC-ETSI Co-operation Process and relation to standardisation activities  
Thomas Weber, European Communications Office (ECO)
09:25 Overview of ETSI Activities in relation to PPDR
Chantal Bonardi, ETSI Technical Officer
09:40 Introduction, CEPT ECC Results on BB-PPDR 
Laurent Bodusseau, Chairman of Project Team FM49, ANFR France
10:10 Questions & Answers
10:25 Coffee & Networking Break
10:55 - 12.15 SESSION 2: Standardization Activities
  Holger Butscheidt, Chairman of ETSI TC ERM/ OCG RED-EMCD, Bundesnetzagentur Germany
  The objective of session 2 is to inform the audience on what has been done so far in the area of standardization (including already agreed work items).
10:55 Work on Harmonised Standards for BB-PPDR
Brian Murgatroyd, Chairman of ETSI TC TCCE (TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution)
11:15 3GPP Activities for BB-PPDR 
Yannick Lair, Chairman of 3GPP SA6, LG Electronics
11:35 Protocol conformance and Interoperability specifications
Sebastian Muller, ETSI Centre for Testing & Interoperability
11:55 Questions & Answers
12.15 Networking Lunch
13:30 - 14:50 SESSION 3: National Case Studies
Thomas Weilacher, Chairman of CEPT ECC/WGFM, Bundesnetzagentur Germany
  The objective of this future oriented session is to exchange views and ideas on possible implementations for BB-PPDR on national level including the identification of potential challenges.
13:30 United Kingdom
Ari Toivonen, Home Office of the United Kingdom
13:50 France
Patrice Juillard / Guy Duplaquet, French Ministry of the Interior
14:10 Nordic Countries (Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General, Norway, Directorate for Emergency Communications
14:30 Questions & Answers
14:50 Coffee & Networking Break
15:20-17:00 SESSION 4: Future challenges: Work in Progress
David Hugh Williams,  Chairman of ETSI Special Committee EMTEL (Emergency Telecommunications), Qualcomm
  The objective of session 4 is to introduce the ongoing work and to identify necessary future activities from industry and stakeholder perspective including the identification of potential challenges.
15:20 Motorola Solutions 
Jeppe Jepsen, Director of International Business Relations, Motorola Solutions
15:40 NOKIA
Ulrich Rehfuess, Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia Networks
16:00 Airbus Defence and Space – SLC: PPDR with new Regulation
Philippe Mège, Airbus Senior Expert
16:20 Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) - Horizon 2020 EU BRoadmap Project for Public Safety Communications
Manfred Blaha,  Brigadier-General Technology Advisor for National Crisis and Disaster Prevention Management, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior & PSCE Member of the Board of Officers
16:40 Questions & Answers
Thomas Weilacher, Chairman of CEPT ECC/WGFM
Michael Sharpe, Director Spectrum and Equipment Regulation, ETSI
  The major outcome based on the presentations and discussions, relevant follow-up activities and key elements resulting from this one day workshop will be summarized during this final session, commonly moderated by ETSI and CEPT/ECC.
17:30 End of Workshop


Manfred blahaManfred Blaha, Brigadier-General, Technology Advisor for National Crisis and Disaster Prevention Management, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior
Manfred Blaha (engraded Engineer, Bachelor of Arts in Police Leadership) is a police officer in Austria’s Ministry of Interior, with the rank of a Brigadier-General, looking back on 30+ years of experience in Public Safety Communications. He was managing several communications projects within the MoI, like Police Emergency Call and Dispatch Centre equipment, Police Radio Networks, the Emergency Operations Centre of several Police HQ’s and the Ministry of Interior and solutions for the Civil Protection Department. His job title is “Technology Advisor for National Crisis and Disaster Prevention Management”. In this function he is representing Austria’s PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) in several relevant Groups within the European Commission, NATO’s Partnership for Peace and International Organisations. In parallel he is also Member of the Board of Officers of PSCE, the Public Safety Communications Europe Forum since 2008 ( and participating in the EU HORIZON2020 project on public safety broadband called “BroadMap”.

bodusseauLLaurent Bodusseau, Chairman of Project Team FM49, ANFR France
Laurent is a chartered engineer of the IET and a European Engineer. He has over 16 years’ experience in spectrum management having worked for the Radiocommunications Agency (UK), then in 2003 for Ofcom (UK) and since 2012 for ANFR (France).   He has worked on many different area of spectrum regulation. He was the Regional and Emergency Services team manager dealing with PMR and Emergency services spectrum for 3 years then was appointed as the head of spectrum planning for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games in Ofcom where he organized also the 2007 UK legs of the Tour de France and was seconded from Ofcom to the London Organising Committee in 2009 to take the head of spectrum managements for London 2012. After the Olympics and Paralympics, he joined the ANFR as the head of spectrum planning and European Affairs. He took on the CEPT FM49 (on BB-PPDR) chairmanship in 2014 until 2016 as well as the FM54 (on GSM-R/PMR) until 2015.

BonardiChantal Bonardi, Technical Officer, ETSI
Chantal is a Technical Officer within the ETSI Secretariat and has 23 years of experience in International standardization.  She has specialized in the standardization aspects of public safety and emergency communications work in the ETSI EMTEL Committee, in the ETSI cluster on Public Safety and in the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) Task Force on Emergency Communications. She has also been actively involved in promoting the results of the ETSI work in this area at International Conferences. 
Working within the ETSI environment, Chantal has gained considerable experience on the world stage and is renowned for her knowledge in the critical communications domain.

 ButscheidtHolger Butscheidt, OCG RED-EMCD Chairman
Holger Butscheidt is a Technical Officer in the Technical Telecommunications Regulation & EMC department of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railways, which is a subsidiary of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology. His responsibilities are within the Technical Regulation of Mobile Radio Services with respect to the Radio Equipment Directive, which includes a close cooperation with several different industry sectors, as well as administrations over the last 14 years within ETSI, CEPT, ITU-R and the European Commission.
Since December 2013 he is chairing ETSI OCG RED-EMCD and TC ERM. During this time new Directives under the New Legislative Framework came into force (e.g. 2014/30/EU – EMC-D, 2014/35/EU – LV-D, 2014/53/EU – RE-D) which still have a huge impact on standardisation. Coordinating and implementing these changes accordingly was one of the major tasks during the last three years of his chairmanship and can be seen as a long term project for the next year at least.

Guy DuplaquetGuy Duplaquet, French Ministry of Interior 
Future PPDR Network Program Director, French Ministry of Interior. Guy is currently leading the prefiguration team for the future French national PPDR LTE network, whose main goals are to prepare political and strategic arbitrations regarding technical architecture, governance, legal and regulatory issues and financial trajectory of the network. His past experiences lies within the French government IT teams : messaging systems, IP networks and supervision of IT datacenters for the MoI, first deputy then chief information officer for the Ministry of Justice, CIO for the ministry of Agriculture. All over his career as CIO, he has been deeply involved with methodology, but his main interests also include IT architecture - his initial speciality - and making teams working together. Guy holds en engineering degree form École Polytechnique and a second one from Télécom ParisTech, France.

fournierEric Fournier, Chairman of the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC), ANFR France
Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management ( In this capacity, he is responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of spectrum allocation and for coordinating French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was deputy head of the French delegation for RRC-06, WRC-07, WRC-12 and WRC-15. He is the Chairman of the Electronic Communication Committee (CEPT), which develops common policies and regulations for harmonising spectrum in Europe. He has been involved in all discussions on major evolution of spectrum in Europe including the first and the second digital dividend. He was previously Chairman of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12). Eric is a graduate telecom engineer from SUPELEC (France).

Jeppe JeppeJeppe Jepsen, Director of International Business Relations, Motorola Solutions
Jeppe’s host organisation is Motorola Solutions and since joining Motorola in 1979 he has been involved in System Engineering, International Business, Marketing and Sales. His international experience ranges from the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He has been based in Chicago, Copenhagen and now Brussels. Jeppe has held several positions in the TETRA and Critical Communication Association right from the beginning in 1995 – he is a Director in Association and member of the Board and he acts as the TCCA Director of Broadband Spectrum. Jeppe is also the elected Chairman of PSC-Europe’s Spectrum group.  His specialty is Public Safety; an area where he has spend the last 35 years of his career.
Jeppe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Patrice JuillardPatrice Juillard, French Ministry of Interior
Project manager 'frequencies' of the Mission of Departmental Governance of CIS to the French Ministry of Interior. Patrice Juillard is in charge of the frequencies strategy to the mission of departmental governance of communication and information systems (MGMSIC). He joined the Ministry in 2008 after 36 years of CIS officer career, in different units of the French air Force. he gained expertise in spectrum management in various commander positions of CIS units, on national territory, or during external operations in hostile environment. His perfect knowledges of the satisfaction of operational requirements has enabled the best defense of interests of the Ministry during the work to satisfy the needs of spectral resources  at European level (CEPT and CE) for the future broadband radio networks for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR). His work has contributed to the frequency allocation decisions to the benefit of the Ministry of Interior in France.


Yannick lairYannick Lair, Chairman of 3GPP SA6, LG Electronics
Yannick is Senior Standards Engineer at LG Electronics. His main assignment is standardization for mission critical communications. After he joined 3GPP SA6 (mission critical applications) in its first meeting early 2015, he was appointed Rapporteur for Mission Critical Push To Talk (MCPTT) work item and he actively drove the work on MCPTT architecture specification for Rel-13. Since February 2016, he is Chairman of 3GPP SA6.
Yannick has over 15 years of experience in the mobile communications industry, including 10 years of involvement in standardization. Before joining LG Electronics, he worked for NEC, from 2000 to 2014, holding different positions such as software engineer, systems engineer and project leader. From 2006 to 2014, he was a regular participant of 3GPP CT1, actively contributing to L3 protocols specification for LTE and being Vice Chairman for two terms. For NEC in France and UK, he was leader of 3GPP and ETSI standardization activities, and manager for standard patents portfolio. Before 2000, he was software architect at Alcatel.
Yannick holds an Engineering degree in Telecommunications from Télécom Bretagne, France and a Master's degree in Intellectual Property and Innovation Strategies from University of Strasbourg, France.

LyngstolTor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General, Directorate for Emergency Communication
Tor Helge Lyngstøl (MSc) is Director General of DNK, The Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication. DNK is a state body under the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security that is responsible for the implementation and operation of the TETRA-based Nødnett on behalf of the Norwegian Government.
Nødnett is a nationwide TETRA network with more than 2.000 TETRA base stations and more than 300 connected control rooms. Nødnett has been in operation in the central parts of southeastern Norway since 2010, and in the whole country from 2015.
After a career spanning many years in the utilities sector and the telecom sector, Mr. Lyngstøl was in the year 1998 appointed as the Norwegian Ministry of Justice’s Project Manager for assessing the possibilities for a nationwide PPDR network. In 2007 he was appointed Director General of the newly established Directorate for Emergency Communication. Tor Helge Lyngstøl has had the overall responsibility for conducting all activities related to specification, invitation to tender, bid evaluation, contract negotiations, evaluation, piloting and implementation, including preparations for all political decisions in the Government and Parliament related to Nødnett.

Philippe MegePhilippe Mège, Senior Expert, Airbus
Philippe Mège is currently an engineer at AIRBUS DS SLC in Elancourt (France). He is 58. He was graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris in 1980. He is responsible of DSP Software Department in charge of the lower layers of Mobile Radio systems both for Base Stations and Terminals.  He works in the field of PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) since 1990. He has particular interest in Broadband technology for PMR (LTE and more advanced technologies). He is also interested in the domain of IoT. He participated to the development of the GSM system in 1988-1994. He worked in the domain of long-distance HF communications in TRT (Philips group) from 1981 to 1988. He was involved in several European projects as notably CODIT ( 1st European WB-CDMA testbed), MAVT (Video transmission over mobile systems) and recently  EMPHATIC (Filter-Bank approaches) and CORTIF (RF coexistence) project. He has filed approximately 30 patents.

SebastiaMullerSebastian Müller, Centre for Testing & Interoperability, ETSI
He is project manager at the Centre for Testing and Interoperability (ETSI CTI) and his tasks include providing testing expertise to ETSI Technical Bodies and leadership for test specification development, as well as technical coordination of interoperability events. His focus lies on testing activities for Intelligent Transport Systems, LTE Smallcells, Machine-to-Machine technologies, eCall, Next Generation Emergency Call and Mission Critical Commuinications.  He received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1998.

Brian MurgatroydBrian Murgatroyd, Chairman of ETSI TC TCCE (TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution)
He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the UK Institution of Engineering Technology. He has actively involved in the development of TETRA and its evolution to broadband critical communications since 1998 and for the past 6 years he has been chairman of ETSI technical committee TCCE (formerly TC TETRA). He has previously been a member of ETSI TETRA Working Group 6 (Security) and the TCCA Security and Fraud Prevention Group (SFPG) for 7 years and was chairman of both groups for four years until retiring from these positions at the end of 2006. In his previous career with the UK Police IT organisation (PITO) he headed up the Communications Security section and has been heavily involved at a senior level in leading the successful implementation of the security functionality and features on the UK national emergency service communications system (Airwave). He has been a regular speaker at international events over the last 16 years.

RehfuessUlrich Rehfuess, Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia Networks
Ulrich holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his 25 years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, he spent close to 20 years in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, EDGE, UMTS with HSPA, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for spectrum policy within Nokia Networks' industry environment team. Ulrich is vice chair of the BITKOM spectrum working group in Germany and chairs the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.

romeroLuis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General
Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, has more than 20-years experience in the telecommunications sector.  At ETSI he has initiated a global standardization partnership for Machine to Machine communications, oneM2M, has overseen the rapid development of ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization, and has driven the implementation of the ETSI Long Term Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future. Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefonica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefonica’s participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA). Before joining ETSI in July 2011, he held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of Madrid-based Innology Ventures.

SharpeMichael Sharpe, ETSI
Michael Sharpe received his PhD from the University of Essex in the UK.  Since then, he has worked at BBC Television, Ford Motor Company and the UK Radiocommunications Agency before joining ETSI in 1995.  At ETSI he has occupied several roles, including Vice-President of ETSI Standardisation Projects, Director of Technical Strategy and most recently Director of Spectrum and Equipment Regulation.
In his current role, Michael Sharpe is responsible for ensuring effective co-operation of ETSI’s technical activities with the work of key regulatory bodies and partner standards bodies at the National, European and Global level.  His current priorities include working with the European Commission to ensure the smooth introduction of the Radio Equipment Directive, and the continuing close co-operation with CEPT and the Commission Radio Spectrum Unit to ensure that ETSI Harmonized Standards and Regulations on radio frequency use are developed in a co-ordinated and effective manner.

Ari ToivonenAri Toivonen, Head of Radio Technology and Strategy, Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme, Home Office
Ari is an experienced telecommunications professional who has for the last 16 years focused on delivering mission critical communications, first at Nokia before moving to deliver the current Airwave system in Great Britain. During these years Ari has provided strategic and technical guidance on various aspects of mission critical communications landscape including security, functionality, user requirements for current and future mission critical systems and spectrum needs. He has taken an active role in several related national and international working groups including chairing the TETRA user requirements standardisation working group for three years. Over the last six years he has worked closely with UK government departments and spectrum regulator Ofcom on government’s spectrum strategy and the public sector spectrum release programme. In shaping the Public Protection and Disaster Relief landscape he represented the Home Office in CEPT’s FM49 in supporting the importance of spectrum requirement for PPDR.

Thomas WeberThomas Weber, Spectrum Management, European Communications Office (ECO)
Joined the European Communications Office in 2010 as expert for spectrum management and is the chairman of the WG FM Maintenance Group on Short Range Devices (SRD/MG). He is also responsible for several frequency management project teams in the WGFM, the European Common Allocations Table and the ECO Frequency Information System (EFIS).
Before that, he worked for the Federal Network Agency in Germany in 2001-2010 and was the chairman of several ETSI standardisation groups dealing with ITS, PMR, DMR, GSM-R and UWB as well as the chairman for the DIN/DKE German National standardisation committee on radio devices. He also worked several years for several satellite operators and in the industry in satellite communications. He holds a degree in Communications Engineering acquired at the University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg, Germany.

ThomasWeilacherThomas Weilacher, Chairman of CEPT ECC/WGFM, Bundesnetzagentur Germany
Thomas Weilacher has been working in the field of telecommunications since he finalised the study on electronic engineering. Since 1992 he has been working with the German regulatory authority (now "Federal Network Agency", BNetzA). Until 1995 he had been working in the area of licensing and monitoring in a regional office. From 1996 until now he has been involved in international frequency management issues, by working in the headquarters in Mainz. His tasks include the participation in meetings of ECC groups, Radio Spectrum Committee and ITU-R working parties as a member of the German delegation. He was also acting as Vice Chairman of ECC Working Group FM from 2008 to the beginning of 2014 and has become chairman of WG FM in March 2014.

Williams davidDavid Hugh Williams, Chairman of ETSI Special Committee EMTEL (Emergency Telecommunications), Qualcomm
David Hugh Williams is a senior telecommunications engineer in Qualcomm Technologies Inc. He has extensive expertise in international standardisation and is a specialist in emergency communications, including Public Protection and Disaster Relief. Within Qualcomm he is currently a member of engineering teams dealing with emergency communications and location, public safety, and automotive engineering. He has held various management positions in the areas of development, research, intellectual property, standardization and marketing in Qualcomm. Mr Williams is the chairman of ETSI Special Committee EMTEL since 2012 and is coming to the end of his second elected term. He was previously a Vice Chairman of EMTEL and has contributed extensively to ETSI, CEN, EENA, ITU and 3GPP and other international bodies.  He was leader of eCall activities in ETSI and IMS emergency service requirements in 3GPP.
Mr Williams has been with Qualcomm since year 2000 and previously worked in ETSI, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and British Telecommunications plc.  He holds a PhD and is a UK Chartered Engineer.