Maziar Nekovee is a Professor of Telecoms and Mobile Technologies and Head of Centre for Advanced Communications, Mobile Technology and IoT at University of Sussex. From February 2017 to February 2019, he was also Head of Department of Engineering and Design at Sussex during which period he oversaw a threefold increase in Department’s research funding, significant clime in league tables, successful introduction of two undergraduate programs in Robotics and two new Masters, including one in 5G Mobile Communications, and the establishment of new teaching and research collaborations with China, the Middle East and Africa.

Maziar sits (as the only UK academic) at the EU's 5G Infrastructure Association, where he advises the EC on 5G and beyond-5G Strategic Research Agenda. He is also on the steering board of the EPSRC-funded ComNet2 consortium in mobile technologies and the US National Academy of Science (NSF) funded research coordination network on 5G communications and networks and is Vice Chair of Networld2020 European Technology Platform. 

Prior to joining University of Sussex, he was from 2013 to 2017 a Chief Engineer and Head of 5G research at Samsung R&D UK, where he established, led and greatly expanded Samsung’s European and UK research operations in 5G infrastructure, with a focus on advanced technology development and IP generation (10 5G patents), contributions to 5G standards in 3GPP and industry collaborations and consensus building, as well as working closely with Samsung’s Network Business in 5G. While at Samsung he established and successfully led a large (19 partners) industry-led Horizon 2020 consortium (5G PPP mmMAGIC) which developed, channel models, access technologies and architectural components of 5G mobile communication systems and standards operating in millimetre-wave frequencies (also known as 5G New Radio, 5G NR)

From 2001 to 2013, he was with British Telecom (BT) Research and Technology, as senior scientist and subsequently a team leader. At BT he carried out and led research in fixed and wireless communication technologies, including IP multicast, WiFi, IoT, cognitive radio and social networks, as well as advising BT's business and strategy units on wireless technology and bidding strategy in 4G spectrum auction. From 2006 to 2010 he also held a Royal Society (UK Academy of Science) 50% Industry Fellowship at University College London (UCL) while at BT, developing novel platforms for parallel simulations of vehicular wireless communication networks, with applications in self-driving cars and intelligent transport systems.

 Maziar had a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Physics (from University of Nijmegen, the Netherland) and a MEng in electrical and electronic engineering (cum laude)  (from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, with a highly successful one year research internship at Philips Research Laboratories). His PhD and subsequent postdoc's at Imperial College focused on theory and first-principle calculations of electronic and optical properties of surfaces and interfaces using density functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo simulations and massively parallel computing. Maier is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, one best-selling book "Cognitive Radio Communicational and Networks: Principle and Practice" and has 13 patents in telecommunication and mobile technologies.

Professor Nekovee is a sought-after speaker at high-level industry events, C-level meetings with European operators, policy makers and international conferences. He is an adviser to tech-funds and economists on telecom technology and ICT.  He is the recipient of a number of awards, including BT Innovation Award, Royal Society Industry Fellowship Award, Samsung Electronics’   Best Research Project of the Year Award and Samsung DCMC Best Practice of Research Award.








Professor of Telecoms and 5G Mobile Communications

Head of  Centre for Advanced Communications, Mobile Technology and IoT

Elected Member, University Senate (2018-2020) 

Community and Business

Collaboration opportunities for industy, business, SME  and tech-funds  

I have very significance experience of R&D, technology and service development in telecom and mobile industry secors,  and have a deep understanding of industry and bussiness needs. I have an extensive network of indusrtial, business and academic collaborators/contacts spanning the  UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia  and the United States. I am ideally placed to  work with industry, and businesses. Opoortunities for collaboarations with me and my teams include (but are not limitted to):  

  • Bespoked industry-funded and industry-led research and innovation at the University 
  • Developmet of joint bids to UK, EC and international funding competitions  
  • Full and partial support of PhDs  and postdcos carrying out industry and business-led research  
  • Knowledge Tansfer Partnerships
  • In-kind support for and sponsorship of research (equipments, staff time etc)
  • Technical and techno-economic consultancy