Alan Hadden has 28 years’ experience in senior positions in the manufacturing, regulatory, operator and consultative sectors of the mobile communications industry and is the founding President of the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). He led GSA to become a world-class respected source of mobile industry information and the leading wireless industry association for mobile suppliers. Alan retired from this role in February 2015 but ensures continuity in his role of Vice President, Research by continuing to produce many highly-valued industry reports, information papers and data analysis that GSA is well known for. Current priorities include LTE and LTE-Advanced and explaining the benefits and opportunities enabled by APT700 spectrum (3GPP band 28), VoLTE and LTE Broadcast technologies. More than 1 million reports, presentations and information papers were downloaded from the GSA website over the past 5 years.
Alan was previously a member of the senior management team of the world’s first PCN/GSM1800 operator (now called EE), during start-up, launch, and expansion phases. He assisted with discussions with overseas regulators, investors and other stakeholders that helped establish 1800 MHz as a mainstream band for mobile communications. He represented the company in various national bodies in the UK and internationally at ETSI, the GSM Association and the UMTS Forum. Before that time Alan was Industrial Advisor to the UK communications regulator (now Ofcom), working in the mobile communications field where he represented views influencing regulation and standardization at national and international level.