Network Operator Summit, Keynote: Neil McRae, Chief Architect, BT, UK

Wednesday, 09 June 10:15 – 10:45

Moderator: Loukas Paraschis, Infinera, USA

Panel Description:

Connecting for Good

Abstract: A ‘feel-good’ talk, revelling in how far we have progressed in the past 20 years, with plenty more to look forward to, from the perspective of a major international carrier. I will look at the enormous global impact enabled by optical fibre networks, assess where we have got to and then look at some of the exciting new technologies just around the corner. At this tough time for the planet, I want to appreciate all that has been achieved by the photonics industry.


Neil McRae, Chief Architect and MD for Architecture and Technology Strategy, BT, UK


Neil McRaeNeil McRae,Chief Architect and MD for Architecture and Technology Strategy, BT, UK

Neil is BT’s Chief Architect and MD for Architecture and Technology Strategy leading Architecture and Technology strategy direction across all of BT, most recently leading BT’s 5G programme. Neil’s entire career has been linked to his personal purpose in which he believes getting people connected opens them to education and gives opportunity for anyone to be successful. Neil works with under-privileged teenagers helping them with technical skills in computer programming and electronic engineering and works as an Ambassador to the manned spaceflight programme.