Seizo Onoe

Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau International Telecommunication Union

Seizo Onoe became a Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on the 1st of January, 2023. Known in the industry as “the father of LTE” (Long-Term Evolution mobile broadband), he now aims for global outreach to bridge standardization gaps, deliver the benefits of technology widely and speedily, and ensure meaningful and affordable broadband access for everyone.

Before he was elected TSB Director by the ITU Member States, Mr. Onoe completed an over 30-year career with Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO. In 2021, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Standardization Strategy Officer for NTT Corporation and a Fellow of NTT DOCOMO. From 2017, he served as NTT DOCOMO’s Chief Technology Architect and President of its subsidiary DOCOMO Technology. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, a Member of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director of the R&D Innovation Division at the company. Earlier, he was the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of NTT DOCOMO’s R&D Strategy Department and Managing Director of the company’s Radio Network Development Department.

Mr. Onoe holds a Master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.