Andy Hudson has globalresponsibility for spectrum and regulatory modernisation at the GSMA, as wellas the public policy aspects of the organisation’s Future Networks, Internet ofThigs (IoT) and Mobile Identity programmes.
Previously, as Director ofSpectrum Policy at Ofcom he led the UK regulator’s mobile data strategy, whichincluded overseeing the release of public sector spectrum for consumer services,and the most recent 2.3 and 3.4 GHz UK spectrum auction. Prior to Ofcom, Andyspent 12 years at Vodafone, where he held various senior product development,corporate strategy and public policy roles. As Head of Spectrum Policy atVodafone, Andy was responsible for managing spectrum policy and auctions acrossthe Vodafone Group, during which time he managed the acquisition of spectrum inover 20 countries, equalling €9.5bn of investment.
In 2000, Andy was part of the senior managementteam responsible for launching an internet payments and encryption company,spun out of NatWest. He was formerly a management consultant and a researchscientist at Sharp Laboratories of Europe and Sony Corporation, based in Japan.Andy has a doctorate in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers,
Following the first launches thisyear, 5G will grow to networks in 111 markets and account for as many as 1.2billion connections by 2025. By then, 5G networks are likely to cover one-thirdof the world’s population. The impact on the mobile industry and its customerswill be profound.
Working closely with the mobile operators pioneering 5G, the GSMA is engaging with governments, and vertical industries including automotive, financial services, healthcare providers, transport operators, utilities and other industry sectors to develop business cases for5G and ensure that 5G is successfully standardised, regulated and brought to market by the mobile industry. This includes working with policymakers and regulators globally to make sure significant new widely harmonised mobile spectrum is available under the right conditions to meet future expectations for5G, and deliver the full range of potential capabilities.