Dr. Ray Nettleton
Dr. Nettleton has been a leader in the telecommunications industry for some 44 years, as an entrepreneur, corporate officer, international businessperson and consultant, engineer, educator, author, lecturer, researcher, and expert witness.
- Expert witness in several patent infringement lawsuits - see appendix
- Provided expert witness testimony to Government hearings in Colombia, Brazil, New Zealand, Poland, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Philippines, and the FCC
- Ex Parte presentations to FCC staff and Commissioners on behalf of clients and IEEE
International telecommunications businessperson & consultant
- Consulting clients include Ball Wireless, Milcom Technologies, MCI, Avantel de Mexico, United International Holdings, Wireless Spectrum Inc., Vesuvius Inc., Superconducting Core Technologies, iSherpa, Sequel, Motorola, NASA, U S Navy & Air Force, and others
- Performed business and technical due diligence, technical and market strategy and regulatory affairs consulting in the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, South Africa, most of Europe, India, China, Japan, Philippines, etc.
Entrepreneur and Corporate Officer
- Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Formus Communications, an international wireless CLEC with license coverage exceeding 200 million pops in Europe
Innovative telecommunications engineer
- Technical advisor and analyst to Evox, Inc., a startup specializing in novel spectrum spreading waveforms
- Established the first LMDS cellular propagation and interference trials ( Phoenix, Arizona)
- Created the Boulder Industry PCS Test Bed and conducted trials with multiple vendors
- Awarded the first two patents in CDMA technology for cellular telephone systems, issued in 1978 ( stemming from PhD thesis research)
- Designed the first 60GHz radio modem to use a Fast Fourier Transform-based algorithm to track very wide Doppler dynamics created by fighter aircraft motion
Educator, Author, Lecturer & Researcher
- Associate Professor Adjunct, University of Colorado - Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
- Taught electrical engineering at Michigan State University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Denver
- Conducted research in system performance, power control and code design for CDMA
- Lectured in various training programs for client company employees
- Over 85 articles in industry publications, conference proceedings and technical journals
February 1994 - Present: Consultant ; Clients ranging from Fortune 500 to nascent start-ups. Sample assignments:
- New product development for Pfizer Animal Health, Inc.
- Regulatory engineering support to wireless network planning for Hawaiian Telcom
- Provided technology and network consulting to Velocom, a major CLEC in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
- Advised Military Commercial Technologies ( MILCOM) on two potential investments relating to the commercialization of military technology
- Wrote Wireless Services research report for RHK, a Silicon Valley telecom consulting house
- Advised Ball Wireless on future market strategy
- Network and wireless link analysis for ISCO International
- Investment advisor to Venture Capital Companies iSherpa ( Denver) and Sequel ( Boulder)
- Exposed fatal flaws in MCI's proposed acquisition of NexTel stock and shut down the transaction
- Advised MCI on the technology and economics of LMDS and LEO satellite systems
- Created wireless local loop plan for Avantel de Mexico
- Performed technical due diligence for United International Holdings on the acquisition of Wireless Ventures International of Brazil ( later acquired by Nextel)
- Wrote marketing plan "Cellular base station receiver front ends" for SCT
- Re-wrote network design plan for Motorola iDEN system in Beijing, China
- Wrote "Smart Convolution" fast computer algorithm to evaluate intermodulation products in a multi-tenant radio tower environment, for UniSite
- Expert witness in U. S. intellectual property litigation ( see appendix for public domain details.) Expert witness to Government wireless telecom-related hearings including the International Trade Commission and the Federal Communication Commission.
April 2002 - Present: Associate Professor Adjunct, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado - Boulder. The Program offers a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications, combining instruction in the technical, economic, legal, regulatory and business aspects of the telecommunications industry. It also offers joint degrees with the College of Engineering, the Graduate School of Business, and the School of Law.
Teach courses in: local area networks, public networks, satellite and wireless communications technologies.
Perform research in: Ad Hoc Antenna Arrays, ad hoc network addressing, and core network aspects of cellular / wi-fi handoff.
October 1996 - December 2000: CO - Founder, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Formus Communications Inc., a $1B international broadband connectivity and IP solutions company with license population coverage of 200 million. Responsible for technology policy, selection of network vendors and architectures, advising national telecommunications regulators. Chief spokesman at conferences. Regular strategy advisor in Formus Board meetings.
- One of three-executive team responsible for acquisition of Fixed Wireless Access Licenses in:
- USA ( through participation in the WNP consortium - now owned by XO)
- Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay ( now owned by Velocom)
- Ecuador ( now sold)
- Norway, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium
- Spain ( through participation in the Abrared consortium)
- Germany and Switzerland ( through wholly owned subsidiary Callino)
- New Zealand ( sold to Clear Communications)
- Also participated in planning for businesses in South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.
April 1991 - February 1994: Director & Distinguished Member, Technical Staff , U S WEST Advanced Technologies, Inc., the R&D arm of U S WEST Communications ( now Qwest). Directed 50 professionals in engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics etc.
- Directed creation of plans and new services to enter the wireless market at 1.9GHz
- Produced plans for Wireless Local Loop to enter new markets abroad, to answer competitive threats at home, and to solve the "held-order" problems of unserved customers
- Performed technical "due diligence" studies on wireless-related investment opportunities
April 1989 - April 1991: Senior Associate , Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Inc., a major technology and business-consulting house. Provided technical leadership to 28 professionals working on satellite communications. Built consulting business in cellular, personal and satellite communications; managed proposals, marketing and consulting projects.
- Brought in four new contracts to the firm totaling $1.5M
- Gave expert witness testimony before a hearing of the New Zealand Commerce Commission concerning a license dispute. The Commission found in favor of our client ( First City Great Britain Ltd.)
- Advised on cellular spectrum regulatory plans for Booz|Allen's clients Oftel, the British telecommunications regulating board, and Austel, its Australian equivalent
- Designed and performed ground and airborne proof-of-concept tests. Wrote and presented technical sections of American SkyCell's pleadings before the FCC
- Performed spacecraft interference analyses and wrote analysis software for the NASA Spectrum Manager
November 1986 - April 1989 : Project Manager , Stanford Telecommunications, Inc., a satellite communications manufacturing and consulting company ( now part of Alcatel). Supervised seven professionals performing mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis of satellite communications systems.
- Built the analysis group from myself to seven, increasing the NASA funding level of one task by 400% and of a second by 100%
- Performed interference analyses and wrote analysis software for various NASA scientific spacecraft
July 1985 - October 1986: Principal Engineer , McCreary Research, Inc., a military communications consulting firm. Responsible for technical analysis of various U S Navy communication systems
- Authored communications plans and performed interference analyses for Navy satellite programs
July 1983 - July 1985: MAnager , Amecom Division of Litton Systems, Inc., a telecommunications equipment and services provider to the U S Armed Forces. Supervised R&D in classified Government programs.
- Designed a 60GHz digital modem using a Fast Fourier Transform algorithm for demodulation and tracking of the very wide Doppler dynamics resulting from fighter aircraft motion
- Designed signal processing algorithms and developed software for a 200MHz-bandwidth optical film recorder used for electronic intelligence ( ELINT) purposes
1979 - 1983: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, Michigan State University. Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in communications, signal processing and signal theory, and probability and stochastic processes.
- Won research grants from the National Science Foundation and Hitachi. Performed and supervised research into power control and composite code design for CDMA cellular systems
- Supervised PhD thesis "Power Control and Interference Management in a Spread Spectrum Cellular Mobile Radio System", by Hossein Alavi, 1984