Dr. Hideo Okinaka
Position: Principal Consultant
Phone: +1-408-884-1561

Dr. Hideo Okinaka is a visionary veteran of the wireless industry with technology and business development expertise and brings 37 years of experience in the wireless operator space. Until March 2014 since 2003, he has held several executive positions including both technical and business responsibilities at KDDI, one of the three major service provider groups in Japan.

During that period, he led a project for the globally first large-scale implementation of over-the-air firmware update of mobile devices, FOTA, in cooperation with a Silicon Valley-based startup. He was also responsible for the corporate-wide standards strategy and drove global standard initiatives, e.g., as a member of the Board of Directors of CDMA Development Group (CDG) and WiMAX Forum, and as the Chair of 3GPP2.

Prior to that, he worked on the 3G CDMA commercial launch, leading to one of the first large-scale deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, an IP-centric and best-effort-based mobile data system, in the world. In the past, he played a leading role of the TDMA-based cellular mobile system standardisation and its commercial launch in Japan. He also engaged in the bidding for offshore spectrum auctions and succeeded in securing a license in Paraguay.

He started his professional career in 1977 as a mobile satellite system R&D engineer accomplishing the commercial system design and specification of the first global digital-based mobile satellite system standard named Inmarsat-M/B. He received a B.S. degree in Applied Physics, an M.S. degree in Physics and Dr. Engineering in Communications Science from Waseda University.

Dr. Okinaka provides Wireless 20/20 clients strategic advice in the 4G service provider space. He is based in Tokyo and promotes Wireless 20/20 services and products through his own consulting and advisory office, Techno-Visionary (www.techno-visionary.com).

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