Ofcom appoints spectrum leader


Ofcom has appointed Hyacinth Nwana to lead its spectrum policy group and Steve Unger as its new chief technology officer.
Ofcom’s spectrum policy group oversees the management of the allocation of the UK’s airwaves.

Nwana joins from Arqiva, where he has been managing director for mobile media solutions since 2005.

At Arqiva he has been responsible for all the company’s activities in mobile broadcast TV, wireless broadband, datacasting and new network roll out opportunities.

Nwana will join Ofcom on September 28 and report to chief executive Ed Richards.
Said Richards: “I am delighted we have been able to recruit someone of this calibre. His experience as a technical expert and as a successful business executive will provide an important contribution to the development of our spectrum work in the years ahead.”
Steve Unger has been director in the competition group where he has led many projects, most notably the current Pay TV Market Investigation. He joined Ofcom in 2003 as director of telecoms technology having been head of network analysis at Oftel.
The CTO is the most senior technical policy colleague leading Ofcom’s specialists who advise on current and future technologies.   
He will take up the post immediately, reporting jointly to Peter Phillips, partner for strategy and market developments as well as to Stuart Mcintosh, competition group partner.
Said Richards: “I am delighted to appoint Steve as Ofcom’s CTO.  He has already made a considerable contribution to our work. As CTO, Steve will bring technical expertise and a deep understanding of competition and policy issues at an important time for the industry.”