Typical projects undertaken by Webb Search, often working with other consultancies, include:

  • A critical study for Hong Kong International Airport developing a wireless strategy for the 5G era and including cellular, IoT, Wi-Fi, private cellular, PMR and innovative mmWave elements. This included working with all the MNOs in Hong Kong, key suppliers, the airport and regulatory authorities. (As part of a team led by Plum.)
  • A major report for Ericsson on the barriers that make mobile network deployment more difficult such as local authority bureaucracy, health-related limits and lack of international agreements, including tens of case studies across the globe.
  • Multiple training courses on spectrum management, mobile communications, fundamentals of mobile phones, 5G, etc. Also a range of webinars and briefings for the financial community on the future roadmaps for technology and networks.
  • A major multi-year project for the 5G Innovation Centre at Surrey University, strengthening the links with external bodies, developing visions, enhancing marketing and collaboration with the intent of making the 5GIC the global centre for 5G.
  • A study for Comreg (Ireland) on the best use of the 400MHz frequency band, concentrating on smart grid usage and considering a range of technologies including modified LTE.
  • Support to Telemach in Slovenia after the regulator threatened to remove their rights to use some of their 2100MHz spectrum. Delivery of a report arguing the case as to why this would be inappropriate and showing the costs and implications for operators and consumers.
  • A study for an alliance of satellite operators on the value of the C-band spectrum in the US when taking into account mobile operator strategy and CBRS licensing. The study determined the range of the cells based on various interference calculations and deduced the likely value of the spectrum if sold through trading or similar.
  • Expert witness activity across a variety of cases, most recently for Viasat in a case adjudicated by the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal around EC licensing arrangements. Prior cases include a number of IPR adjudications, work on network equipment supply after contract termination by ZTE and on import tariff levels for Amazon products such as the Echo Show.
  • Advice to a major Far-Eastern manufacturer on the emerging standards in the IoT space and areas where they could gain commercial advantage.
  • The development of substantive course material for the ITU for a year-long spectrum management course.
  • A large project for the EC considering whether there would be benefits in converging broadcasting and broadband communications onto a single platform in the UHF band and what the technical, economic and regulatory issues would be.
  • A report for the IDA – the regulator in Singapore – on their local requirements for IoT and how the regulator and government might work to facilitate the emergence of a country-wide network. A separate report on 5G and how Singapore should regulate and invest to maximise the benefits it gains from its introduction.
  • Support for a UK mobile operator to develop technical and legal cases to influence forthcoming auction and merger rulings.
  • A major project for the regulator in Thailand to show the economic value of spectrum and the best approaches to maximising this in forthcoming spectrum auctions.
  • A future prediction project for the Wi-Fi Alliance, modelling the possible congestion on Wi-Fi networks under various scenarios and showing the mix of spectrum, regulation and standardisation needed to ensure Wi-Fi remains able to handle projected traffic loads for the next 10-20 years.
  • A short study for Rolls-Royce on possible strategies for the deployment of IoT within their businesses.
  • Work for O2/Telefonica on their options for enhancing the capacity of their network, the possible role of small cells and the need for additional spectrum to meet growing capacity demands.
  • A substantial project for OpenSignal, a company delivering crowd-sourced measurements of mobile network. William assumed the role of CTO for a six-month period, guiding the company to new data metrics and strategies that aligned with the interests of regulators. He developed a personalised network recommendation tool and Quality of Experience measures.
  • On-going support to Federated Wireless, a US provider of dynamic spectrum databases, to assist them in developing their strategy and UK presence.
  • On-going support to Tutela, a provider of crowd-sourced data, to assist them in developing their strategy and marketplace.

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