Connexin appoints leading telecoms expert to board

Professor Ed Candy, Technology Strategist for the Hutchison-owned 3 Group, has joined Connexin as a non-executive director.


Professor Candy will help the company develop its superfast, wireless broadband network and roll it out to other parts of the UK.


Furqan Alamgir, Managing Director of Connexin, said: “Professor Candy has been responsible for bringing new technology to the market all over the world.  He’s a technology expert with a business mind, which is a rare and powerful combination of skills.


“He brings a wealth of technological experience, knowledge and contacts that will help shift us into another category of provider.”


Professor Candy was Group Technology Director for Hutchison 3G until February 2009, where he was responsible for the development of advanced 3G networks operating across nine countries.


From 1993 to 1996 he was Technology Director for Hutchison Orange.  He is currently a visiting professor at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.


Professor Candy said: “There is a real a buzz about Connexin.  I’ve always had an involvement in some form of small business and I enjoy helping them grow.


“My main role is to help the company negotiate the myriad of issues you get with a successful telecommunications business.”


About Professor Ed Candy:

  • Ed Candy is the Technology Strategist for the 3 Group. He gained this position following his role as Group Technology Director for Hutchison 3G, which he held until February 2009.
  • In this previous role, he was primarily responsible for the development of the world’s most advanced 3G Networks operating across nine countries.
  • He successfully introduced enterprise and IP systems and architectures into the cellular networks to create the most powerful broadband content and services delivery platform amongst 3G operators.
  • From 1996 to 2000, as Group Development Director for Simoco, a buy-out of Philips Radio Systems, Ed orchestrated the development TETRA Handsets and Digital radio networks.
  • Between1993 to 1996 he was Technology Director for Hutchison Orange and during that time became the inaugural Chairman of the 3G UMTS Forum and Chairman for the UK DTI UMTs Technical Advisory Group.
  • In 1987, whilst International Manager Radio Systems at Phillips, he formed the UMTS R&D consortium under the European Commission RACE broadband research program.
  • He is a visiting professor at Strathclyde University, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a companion of the IREE Australia.