Jaap van de Beek is chaired professor of Signal Processing with Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Prior to returning to academia in 2013, he spent over two decades in industry, in telecommunications research labs with Telia Research, Nokia Networks, and for more than twelve years with Huawei Technologies. In different roles he has been involved in three generations of mobile cellular communications systems. He developed base station receiver algorithms for GSM evolution systems. He was among those pioneering OFDM as an access scheme for cellular radio in a standard proposal for the third generation systems in 1997, and while with Huawei, he has been contributing to the preparation and specification of 3GPP’s fourth generation LTE standard, for which he holds a number of essential patents.
More recently, he has been developing methods that effciently reduce spectral interference of radio transmitters, work for which he received the IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz award.
Since 2012, Jaap engages in improving Internet access, wireless network connectivity and cellular radio coverage in rural and remote regions.
Internet everywhere: technology, regulatory and network sharing solutions for the rural
While urban parts of the world see rapid improvements of their fixed and mobile networks, residents and visitors in remote and sparsely populated regions lack behind and digital inequality is an increasing concern in many parts of the world. What has technology to offer for these regions where backhaul capabilities are fundamentally limited? This talk will shed light on the intricate relation between technology, standards, spectrum regulations and operator business models in rural and remote parts of the world. Network architectures based on rural hotspots, in new regulatory regimes, with innovative network sharing models, and facilitated by new integrated backhaul technologies such as ultra large-cell base stations are a key to the provision of Internet everywhere.