Former Nortel exec heads Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network -

Former Nortel exec heads Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network

LONDON — Philip Hargrave has been appointed chief executive officer and network director of the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (DC-KTN).

Launched last November by the Technology Strategy Board, the DC-KTN has been established by an industry-led group comprising leading players in telecommunications, broadcasting and IT Networking.

Hargrave (left) will take the lead in identifying, developing and directing activities aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge on emerging digital communications technologies and their capabilities, and bringing together government agencies, universities, research organisations and businesses.

Richard Nicol, the chairman of the DC-KTN said, ” Digital communications is all pervasive and its effective use is a critical success factor for many sectors of the economy. By getting businesses alongside the science base and government the network will promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, driving forward innovation. We anticipate that 90 percent of the digital communications industry will become involved in the KTN through newsletters, websites and events, resulting in significant impact on both users and providers of Digital Communications. I am confident that Philip has the in-depth knowledge of the technology, passion and experience to ensure this happens.”

Hargrave is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, was chief scientist of Nortel and has thirty years of experience in industrial R&D in the field of electronic communications. “I have a long-standing interest in initiatives aimed at stimulating andencouraging engineering and scientific R&D in the UK, and at realising the full economic and social benefits of the resulting advances in technology,” said Hargrave. “I am therefore delighted to take up the challenge of being the DC-KTN’s CEO.”

Hargrave recieved a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1971 and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1975, where he continued as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. In 1977 he joined the staff of Standard Telecommunications Laboratories (STL) in Harlow and embarked on a career in industrial R&D. His initially specialisations were in the theory and design of global positioning system (GPS) user equipment, and adaptive antenna algorithms and implementations.

In 1992, following the acquisition of STC by Nortel, he was appointed director, radio and high integrity communications. He was subsequently director, next generation networks and led to Nortel's voice over packet product portfolio. In 2000 he was appointed chief scientist, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a position he held until leaving Nortel in 2006.

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