Paul Crane is BT’s networks research director. He leads fixed, mobile and wireless research, driving towards BT’s converged network ambition.
Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and has undertaken a variety of roles including software development, network planning, network architecture, strategy and research. His career includes work in Europe and the USA, building and launching telecommunication joint-ventures. Paul led the network technology in BT’s disruptive mobile strategy which resulted in the re-entry into mobile services via the purchase of EE. He is responsible for technology developments which underpin EE’s 5G service and BT’s whole home Wi-Fi proposition.
His current research programme includes in depth collaboration with universities, research organisations and industry partners. Whilst his research role is to create and develop new technologies in support future product and services, he also provides advice on the impacts of emerging network technologies, standards and regulation. His current research interests include the application of AI to wireless networks, the enhancement of multiplexing techniques to drive further capacity gains in mobile networks, the virtualisation and dis-aggregation of telecommunications infrastructure. A key element of the research work is the exploration of applications which exploit the bandwidth, latency & reliability inherent in future 5G networks.
Paul is currently a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance board, 5GIC strategic advisory board, Telco Infra Project (TIP) technical committee, represents BT on the TIP board and is a regular conference speaker.