Telecoms, online and media regulator Ofcom has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, hiring Mansoor Hanif from telecoms firm BT.
Hanif follows in the footsteps of David Doherty who was Director of ICT at Ofcom from 2013 to 2016 and led the organisation’s move to Office 365 and a range of other technologies and more recently CTO Steve Unger who left Ofcom in June, 2018. Doherty and Unger also joined Ofcom from careers in telecoms business technology leadership.
Hanif joins the Thameside headquartered regulator from the BT’s Converged Networks Research Lab organisation where he was leading the BT research in both landline and mobile network technology. Having led a research arm Hanif’s role has been described by Ofcom as “The Chief Technology Officer helps to ensure that Ofcom’s work for people and businesses is informed by current developments in networks and other technology.”
Hanif joined BT via its acquisition of mobile network service provider EE where the CTO had a three year career with roles included overarching responsibility for integrating the Orange and T-Mobile networks, which together formed the EE network; and leading the technical launch of the UK’s first 4G network.
Hanif is a telecoms veteran and has worked across Europe’s leading telecoms providers including Vodafone Italy, Orange and Cellcraft, an Italian provider.
Having launched a 4G network as a CTO, Hanif will now be the regulators CTO during the launch of 5G and the CTO said in a statement he sees Ofcom playing a key role in the deployment of the Internet of Things and convergence.
“My priority will be to help Ofcom accelerate the growth of world-class, secure and universal communications services across the UK – underpinned by the most creative and innovative technology.”
Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “This important role helps to ensure our work is informed by current and emerging technology, and that our regulation works effectively in the digital age. As we take an increased role in cyber security, this is more important than ever.”