Howard started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector back in 1982, did his degree and Ph.D. at Bradford University, moving into radio-based communications in 1989. He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007.
Howard has been a board member of ETSI since 2008 and is currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology. He is also a member of several advisory boards for UK universities and research programs. Howard’s current role is ‘Vice President Communications Research’ for Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in the UK, where he manages a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, and GSMA.
He is also on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK and is an adviser to the UK government on international free trade agreements.