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LTE-M and NB-IoT on the path to 5G

LTE-M and NB-IoT on the path to 5G

The two newest 3GPP technologies for low-power/wide-area IoT – LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) – are now being rolled out globally but at different times and emphasis depending on region.  

Moderator Joe Barrett, President Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is joined by Craig Miller, VP Worldwide Marketing, Sequans Communications; Shane Rooney IoT Executive Director for Connected Living Program, GSMA and Kashif Shakil, Director of Business Development, Network Products, Ericsson North America, to discuss the various drivers and deployment scenarios for these technologies.

Joe Barrett is the founder of VisionComs Ltd, a strategic marketing and communications consultancy focusing on innovative marketing programs that target the wireless generation. Joe is a creative thinker with a proven career as a senior strategist, marketing executive and public speaker benefiting from 25+ years experience of advancing wireless technologies into dynamic and fast growing industries, at start-up and Fortune 500 companies.

Joe has held senior executive positions at Qualcomm Europe, where he launched the Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging brand, at Nokia Networks where he was part of the 3G-business team and at Flarion Technologies helping drive the adoption of its OFDMA 4G technology. Joe has been involved in numerous telecommunications marketing campaigns and initiatives and has been a regular speaker at industry events and investor/analyst meetings where he has promoted wireless technologies into industry.

Joe holds an MSc. in Marketing from the University of Glamorgan and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Craig Miller is responsible for driving Sequans’ global product and corporate marketing strategies. He is a technology industry veteran with an excellent track record in product management, marketing, strategic planning and business development over the course of his twenty-plus year career. He has successfully championed numerous silicon, system and software products targeting the wireless, computing, consumer electronics, and networking market segments. Prior to joining Sequans, Craig was vice president of product management and marketing at NextWave Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic marketing, product planning, product management, applications engineering and marketing communications for a portfolio of WiMAX and LTE chipsets. Prior to NextWave, he held numerous positions in product marketing, strategy, business development and product engineering at Intel Corporation and was director of marketing for the Wireless Networking Group, where he championed the first of several generations of wireless LAN silicon and modules at the core of Intel’s Centrino mobile technology platform.


Shane Rooney is an Executive Director at the GSMA on the Connected Living Programme. Bringing together strategies and synergies across the M2M verticals and the wider IoT ecosystems. Shane had previously led the GSMA’s initiative in developing mobile solutions in Smart Cities and collaborating with cities like Barcelona, Dubai and Shanghai. His team has developed a wider range of Smart City Indicators, Case Studies and Business Cases demonstrating the importance of mobile technology. They also have developed enablers in IoT Security and embedded SIM. Previously he has been a Group Vice President with Etisalat developing solutions for Energy, Security and Transport M2M solutions for Middle East, Africa and Asia. Previously he has worked with other Mobile Operators, Vodafone, Hutchison and 3 UK as well as launching and divesting of his own M2M company. Shane pioneered early telematics and connected car solutions for Ford Motor Company in the USA and Europe. He has extensive Global experience. He holds a PhD in Communications Systems specialising in Location Based Services and studied Business Marketing at IMD Switzerland.


Kashif Shakil is Director of Business Development, Network Products for Ericsson North America.

Previously, Kashif Shakil was the Head of portfolio and solutions in the Ericsson North America Channel Sales team, responsible for the channel’s business development. Shakil also served as the Head of Small Cells and Wi-Fi Solutions for Ericsson’s North American region.

Shakil joined Ericsson in 1999, serving as the Head of Radio Access Networks solutions for the company’s North American region. He has also worked in Ericsson’s Global Services unit in various roles.

Shakil received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.

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